Paulie Malignaggi EXCLUSIVE: Dillian Whyte is one of the most dangerous heavyweights in the world, Anthony Joshua can come back from Andy Ruiz Jr defeat

24 Jul

Paulie Malignaggi has exclusively told talkSPORT that he believes Dillian Whyte is one of the planet’s ‘most dangerous’ heavyweights.

The American former two-weight king has given his thoughts on the current state of boxing’s glamour division, specifically focussing on two of the top Brits.

Paulie Malignaggi has now retired from fighting
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Speaking to talkSPORT’s Dom McGuinness at Ultimate Boxxer, Malignaggi said: “I think Whyte is one of the most dangerous heavyweights in the world, the more dangerous guys won’t fight him.

“So I think he’s got to still fight guys that are good enough to remain in contention, the problem is he probably has a bigger name than all of those guys.

“He does have the name to fight the big names, they just won’t fight him.

“He has a bigger name than all of the other heavyweights and the problem with that is, he’s in a more risk than reward factor when he’s taking on guys like Oscar Rivas.

Dillian Whyte beat Oscar Rivas by unanimous decision
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“Guys like Oscar Rivas are good enough to beat Dillian Whyte, but Whyte on any given night is also good enough to beat the main fighters in the heavyweight division as well…

“Whyte wants to remain among the elite, wants to remain dangerous and keep the public opinion that he is dangerous. So he’s doing it, credit to him.”

The ‘Body Snatcher’ survived a scare as he was knocked down by Rivas on Saturday night, but ultimately prevented an upset and won the thriller on points.

This was not the same for Whyte’s old rival Anthony Joshua last month, as he was floored four times and suffered his first career defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr.

Andy Ruiz Jr knocked out Anthony Joshua on June 1
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When asked about his experiences of coming back from a defeat, Malignaggi explained: “One thing that’s different from me is that I always lost to guys that were favourite in the fight.

“I never lost to a guy that was the underdog.

“When I lost, the odds makers had expected me to lose – not that it’s easy to come back from that because it’s not.

“But when you are expected to win and you lose, I think it might be a bit of a harder hit to your career.

AJ is planning to take an immediate rematch this year
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“But nonetheless, Joshua’s also younger to where he can come back, but he has to decide in his own mind what’s worth it to come back, how badly he wants to come back.

“Sometimes you say in your mind, in your house, in your bed, ‘I wanna come back, I wanna do this.’

“But then when you get in the gym or you find yourself in a tough sparring session, you find yourself in a tough fight, you find out that you don’t have the ‘dig down’ that you used to have.

“So Joshua has to know within himself if he has that or not. Only he knows.”


WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder will be live at the talkSPORT studios next Friday on the Jim White Show, but if you can’t wait till then to hear from one of the biggest names in boxing you can catch the Bronze Bomber in the flesh at the famous ICC Arena in Birmingham on July 27 for his UK tour with Showfighter and Gold Star. talkSPORT will be in attendance so for more details head to eventbrite.co.uk and you can get your tickets from showfighter.co.uk

Paulie Malignaggi shares pictures of broken hands suffered during bare-knuckle loss to Artem Lobov

26 Jun

Paulie Malignaggi has shown off his grotesquely swollen hands having been injured during his bare-knuckle defeat by Artem Lobov.

Malignaggi, the former two-weight world champion, was beaten in the five round contest in Florida at the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 6 last Saturday.

Malignaggi lost by a unanimous decision as he came out of retirement to fight Lobov
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After losing to the Russia MMA fight, Malignaggi said a broken hand hindered his performance throughout the fight.

“I beat him with one hand, I broke my hand in round 2,” he told Seconds Out.

“I didn’t get an X-ray, but I’ve broken my hand enough times to know what it feels like.

“I landed a jab to the stomach, a right hand, one-two combination and the instant I landed it, I knew my hand had broke.

“I don’t know if I threw another right hand, but honestly, I didn’t need to because I was controlling the fight with my left hand.”

However, pictures Malignaggi uploaded to Instagram appear to suggest he may have broken BOTH his hands during his war in the brutal contact sport.

Both of Malignaggi’s hands were worse for wear after the bout
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Malignaggi famously suffered multiple hand injuries throughout his 16-year boxing career
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He wrote on the social media platform: “Life is sometimes about being adventurous and trying new things.

“Many thought I was crazy for trying my hand at bare knuckle combat and while unfortunately I may not have been born with very durable hands, it is still an experience I get to look back on and say I lived it.

“People have always had very little expectations of me in my life but I can proudly say I’ve always fought my way to a better life. In life we all have obstacles and I’ve always been driven most when faced with adversity. In the end, despite my brittle hands (4 surgeries on my right hand) I have been able to accomplish more as mainly a 1 handed fighter than most fighters accomplish with 2 hands.

“And I did it with no shortcuts and having fought some amazing fighters, travelled to some amazing places and met some amazing people along the way.

“You always wonder if as you get older you still have the ability to dig down when things get tough.

“After 2 rounds Saturday night I sat in my corner now knowing I would be a 1 handed fighter for the remainder of this fight and I am proud I continued on and showed myself I still had a willingness to dig deep when faced with adversity as I found myself once again in a familiar predicament of having a damaged hand with a determined opponent across the ring coming to rip my head off yet now I was competing in a new form of combat.

“I assure you its not an enviable position but I’m glad I stayed true to myself as a man and as a fighter in the moment and continued to fight despite having to obviously adjust my strategy.

“Respect to @rushammer who always shows up to fight and give his best no mater what day or place or at what weight and respect to him for the fight on Saturday. Obviously I feel like I won the fight but that is in no way meant as a disrespect to him. I hope he can take the momentum he gained from this result and make plenty of money for himself and his family in his career.”

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Life is sometimes about being adventurous and trying new things. Many thought I was crazy for trying my hand at bare knuckle combat and while unfortunately I may not have been born with very durable hands, it is still an experience I get to look back on and say I lived it. People have always had very little expectations of me in my life but I can proudly say I've always fought my way to a better life. In life we all have obstacles and I've always been driven most when faced with adversity. In the end, despite my brittle hands (4 surgeries on my right hand) I have been able to accomplish more as mainly a 1 handed fighter than most fighters accomplish with 2 hands. And I did it with no shortcuts and having fought some amazing fighters, travelled to some amazing places and met some amazing people along the way. You always wonder if as you get older you still have the ability to dig down when things get tough. After 2 rounds Saturday night I sat in my corner now knowing I would be a 1 handed fighter for the remainder of this fight and I am proud I continued on and showed myself I still had a willingness to dig deep when faced with adversity as I found myself once again in a familiar predicament of having a damaged hand with a determined opponent across the ring coming to rip my head off yet now I was competing in a new form of combat. I assure you its not an enviable position but I'm glad I stayed true to myself as a man and as a fighter in the moment and continued to fight despite having to obviously adjust my strategy. Respect to @rushammer who always shows up to fight and give his best no mater what day or place or at what weight and respect to him for the fight on Saturday. Obviously I feel like I won the fight but that is in no way meant as a disrespect to him. I hope he can take the momentum he gained from this result and make plenty of money for himself and his family in his career . Here are some pics of my hands after Saturday nights fight . @bareknucklefc

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During his career as a boxer, the 38-year-old was known for his notoriously brittle hands, having had four operations to repair his right one alone.

In his 16 years and 44 fights as a professional, Malignaggi only managed to record seven wins by knockout.

When asked if he will continuing fighting, the Brooklyn native said: “I’m done. I’m 38-years-old. I’m too old to start campaigning off of a loss.”

Paulie Malignaggi spits at Conor McGregor’s team-mate Artem Lobov and vows to p*** on him in obscene press conference

21 May

Paulie Malignaggi spat at and made vile threats towards Artem Lobov at the press conference to announce their bare-knuckle fight on Monday.

The enemies will clash on June 22 under the BKFC banner after both men inked deals with the fledgling promotional company.

Their feud stems back to Malignaggi’s previous clashes with Conor McGregor, who is Lobov’s friend and team-mate.

And, when they came face-to-face at a presser, the pair were far from pleasant to each other.

Malignaggi, who slapped Lobov at an event last month, began by asking him: “Why do you eat slaps?”

This provoked the Russian to stand up and confront him, resulting in a swing from the Italian-American before they were separated.

Malignaggi swung for Lobov while holding the mic

Malignaggi then went on an obscene rant, declaring: “Shut up, you f***ing, hypocrite, p***y, bum. Shut up.

“You’re a b**ch-ass, p***y, bum…

“Next month I’m gonna put this guy in a f***ing coma because that’s what he deserves.

“He’s a piece of s***, okay? You’re a piece of s*** and I’m gonna treat you like the dirt bag that you are.

They shared a heated head to head

“After I beat the f*** out of you, I’m gonna spit on you. I might take out my d**k and p*** on you.

“I’m gonna take out my d*** after I knock his teeth out and I’m gonna p*** in that toothless mouth.”

The event ended with a face-off that, again, did not pass without incident.

Lobov pointed in Malignaggi’s direction, so the former boxer responded by spitting at him.

They were then separated and the mayhem was mercifully brought to a close.

Paulie Malignaggi slammed for spitting on Conor McGregor mural in shock Instagram video

1 May

Paulie Malignaggi has felt the wrath of Conor McGregor’s fans after he was filmed spitting on a mural of the Irishman.

The former boxer turned bare-knuckle fighter posted a video to his Instagram account on Tuesday evening in which he had a friend record him as he walked around Santa Monica, California.

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In the short clip, Malignaggi encounters a mural of his rival McGregor and opts to spit on it, much to his pal’s delight.

However, the act didn’t go down well with some of his enemy’s fans, who raided the comments section with responses such as: “Scum bag, your gonna get f***ed up in bare-knuckle now.”

“Oh my god. Spitting is disgusting animal behaviour. Very, very sad that a top man like you should drop to that.”

“Seriously, you still bitching about the fact he dropped you?”

“F***ing s***bag Paulie, still crying from when Conor put you on you’re a***.”

Paulie Malignaggi will fight Artem Lobov next month
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Malignaggi has a long-running rivalry with McGregor stemming back to a leaked sparring video prior to the MMA star’s fight with Floyd Mayweather in 2017.

Now, the former two-weight boxing champion is set to face McGregor’s team-mate Artem Lobov in a bare-knuckle bout on June 22 after signing a deal with the BKFC.

Artem Lobov vs Paulie Malignaggi: Conor McGregor team-mate shows off injuries from bare-knuckle brawl, sets up June 22 clash

8 Apr

Artem Lobov defeated Jason Knight in a vicious, bare-knuckle boxing bout on Saturday night in Mississippi.

Following the decision win, it was announced he’ll now face bitter foe Paulie Malignaggi on June 22, though the venue is yet to be confirmed.

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Lobov’s war with Knight was his debut with the BKFC (Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship) after signing for the company earlier this year.

Malignaggi recently announced he had agreed a similar deal and so will make his own debut against Lobov in the summer.

The pair clashed at a media event last week as the Italian-American slapped his Russian rival when they came face to face.

Their feud stems back to Paulie’s previous clashes with Conor McGregor, who is Artem’s friend and team-mate.

Following Lobov’s bare-knuckle win over Jason Knight, he posted a brutal picture of the facial injuries he sustained.

McGregor replied: “What an animal, proud of you, amazing fight. Paulie’s nice and quiet all of a sudden and that’s not like him haha.”

Conor McGregor responds after Paulie Malignaggi slaps team-mate Artem Lobov in heated clash

3 Apr

Conor McGregor posted an instant response when he saw Paulie Malignaggi slap his friend and team-mate Artem Lobov on Tuesday.

Malignaggi and Lobov are both now signed to a bare-knuckle boxing deal with the BKFC (Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship) and appeared at a media day together to promote the company.

However, as they’re being lined up to fight one another, the pair quickly came face to face and previous bad blood spilled over in the gym.

Paulie Malignaggi slapped Artem Lobov and they were soon separated before any more serious blows were thrown.

The clip then went viral, with the American shouting death threats at his Russian rival, and it caught the attention of his pal, McGregor.

Malignaggi and McGregor famously sparred in 2017 while the Irishman was preparing to box Floyd Mayweather.

Prior to the session, the American had downplayed McGregor’s chances in the bout and so the MMA star responded by posting select clips from their spar, one of which showed his rival hitting the deck.

Since then, their feud has been ongoing, with McGregor now responding to the slap incident by uploading a series of 21 images, all portraying his time in the ring with Malignaggi as one-sided.

The situation bares resemblance to a similar scenario that occurred last year.

Khabib Nurmagomedov slapped Lobov and McGregor’s response was to fly out to New York and attack a bus containing the Russian. It ultimately ended with Khabib submitting him in their October showdown.

Malignaggi vs Lobov is being eyed for June by the BKFC, and the former also told talkSPORT he wants to face Conor afterwards.

Whether or not this comes to fruition is yet to be seen.

Paulie Malignaggi declares he could face Conor McGregor teammate Artem Lobov in bare-knuckle debut

20 Mar

Paulie Malignaggi has revealed that he could face Conor McGregor’s teammate Artem Lobov when he makes his bare-knuckle debut in June.

The former two-weight boxing champion inked an unlikely deal to come out of retirement and join the BKFC (Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship) earlier this month.

Paulie Malignaggi will be back in action in bare-knuckle boxing

A few weeks prior, former UFC fighter Lobov did exactly the same thing, prompting speculation that they will meet after the Russian’s first bout in April.

“It’s possible,” Malignaggi exclusively confirmed to talkSPORT.com, “He’s got a fight against Jason Knight in April, I wouldn’t overlook Jason Knight if I were him.

“Unfortunately for Artem, he’s a punching bag with feet so he’s liable to get beat, or cut, or injured.

“I really wasn’t interested in him at first because why would I sign this deal to take on a punching bag with feet? If I’m gonna take on a punching bag, I can just go to the gym.

Artem Lobov is Conor McGregor’s friend and teammate

“But once I saw the response from the fans- Fortunately for myself, MMA fans must be the stupidest fans in the world, they don’t come any dumber than that.

“Obviously with the inner beef with Conor McGregor and his team and Artem being a part of that, I started to see the real fan interest in it and I said, ‘This can obviously be a possibility.’

“But without really seeing if Artem can win April 6 and come out of that fight unscathed, you really can’t talk about it.”

After announcing his initial bare-knuckle deal, Paulie Malignaggi quickly took to social media and called out his old nemesis McGregor.

The former boxer has a long running feud with the MMA star stemming back to a leaked sparring video from 2017 and a bout with Lobov could act as a gateway to the pair meeting down the line.

When asked if he saw a potential fight between them as a realistic possibility, Malignaggi replied “I will tell you this, Feldman and BKFC have more money than people think and there will be an offer for Conor McGregor.

“The money he’s gonna be offered for the fight will show what a fraud he is or, like he has always done, put a price tag on him becoming a piñata for you.

Malignaggi spoke to talkSPORT.com at an Ultimate Boxxer event

“The money he’s going to be offered is going to be a good amount of money. I think it will come out soon, it was gonna come out already, but he got arrested.

“The money he’s gonna be offered will show if he’s a fraud, because to turn that down shows you really are a fraud. But if he takes it then he’ll obviously become my personal piñata.

“He already was in the gym, but this time when I’m in shape he’ll really be a piñata.

“When I’m in shape enough to follow up on all the assaults I am giving you, you’re gonna really be my piñata. We’ll see what his decision is.”

Paulie Malignaggi was speaking at an Ultimate Boxxer event. BT Sport will broadcast the Ultimate Boxxer series live on TV and YouTube, starting on Friday May 10 from The O2 Indigo.

 

Paulie Malignaggi reveals Conor McGregor will be sent mega money offer for bare-knuckle boxing fight

18 Mar

Paulie Malignaggi has revealed Conor McGregor will soon be sent a big money offer to face him in a bare-knuckle boxing match.

The former two-weight boxing world champion announced a shock deal with the BKFC (Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship) a couple of weeks ago and will be returning to combat sports in June.

Paulie Malignaggi held world titles at super-lightweight and welterweight, but retired in 2017

“It was just sort of a surprise thing,” Malignaggi exclusively told talkSPORT.com. “I met the president of the BKFC, Dave Feldman, and he was very cool, a straight-shooter.

“From there on it sort of developed. I had no intention of fighting, I was happily retired, I was fine.

“Obviously the money had something to do with it, but I liked the vision and I like what he’s got in mind.”

After making the announcement, Malignaggi quickly took to social media and called out his old nemesis McGregor.

Conor McGregor is ready to return to the world of combat sports

The former boxer has a long running feud with the MMA star stemming back to a leaked sparring video from 2017.

When asked if he saw a potential fight between them as a realistic possibility, Malignaggi replied: “I will tell you this, Feldman and BKFC have more money than people think and there will be an offer for Conor McGregor.

“The money he’s gonna be offered for the fight will show what a fraud he is or, like he has always done, put a price tag on him becoming a piñata for you.

“If you pay him enough money, he will become your personal piñata and he’s shown that already.

“The money he’s going to be offered is going to be a good amount of money. I think it will come out soon, it was gonna come out already, but he got arrested.

“The money he’s gonna be offered will show if he’s a fraud, because to turn that down shows you really are a fraud. But if he takes it then he’ll obviously become my personal piñata.

“He already was in the gym, but this time when I’m in shape he’ll really be a piñata.

“When I’m in shape enough to follow up on all the assaults I am giving you, you’re gonna really be my piñata. We’ll see what his decision is.”

Paulie Malignaggi was speaking at an Ultimate Boxxer event. BT Sport will broadcast the Ultimate Boxxer series live on TV and YouTube, starting on Friday May 10 from The O2 Indigo.

Conor McGregor: Paulie Malignaggi sends savage tweet in response to UFC star’s arrest

12 Mar

Paulie Malignaggi has ripped into Conor McGregor after the Irishman was arrested in Florida on Monday.

McGregor has been charged with “strong-arm robbery and criminal mischief” after an incident involving an apparent fan outside of the Fontainebleau Hotel.

Miami Beach Police posted the arrest report which stated the former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion slapped a man’s phone out of his hands and “stomped on it several times” after he attempted to take a picture of him.

The report added: “The defendant then picked up the victim’s phone and walked away with it” and said the phone was worth around $1,000 (£755).

He has since been released and posted on Instagram: “Patience in this world is a virtue I continue to work on. I love my fans dearly. Thank you all.”

Upon hearing the news, bitter rival Paulie Malignaggi weighed in, tweeting: “Yo, don’t you think you rob your fans enough?

“Every time they order one of your fights they gotta watch you get your ass kicked and quick?!

“If you need a phone that bad, don’t sweat it bro, I’ll just put you on my phone plan. No Balls.”

The pair have a long running feud stemming back to a leaked sparring video from 2017.

Paulie Malignaggi to make shock comeback in bare-knuckle boxing, calls out Conor McGregor

8 Mar

Paulie Malignaggi has signed a deal which will see him come out of retirement to compete in bare-knuckle boxing.

The former two-weight boxing world champion has signed a deal with the BKFC (Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship) and is expected to make his debut in June.

Paulie Malignaggi held world titles at super-lightweight and welterweight

“BKFC is the new wave in combat sports,” said Malignaggi, “They’re doing great things and I’m very excited to be a part of this organization

“I’ve accomplished some big things in boxing career and I look forward to what this next phase brings.

“After a long boxing career, it’s easy to miss the limelight and the rush that combat brings. I look forward to getting back in action and the new challenge of fighting for BKFC.”

Conor McGregor is looking for his next major fight

After announcing the deal, Paulie Malignaggi took to social media and instantly called out MMA star Conor McGregor for a bare-knuckle bout.

The pair have a long running feud stemming back to a leaked sparring video from 2017.

Malignaggi posted: “Conor the coward. With two-minute rounds I’m sure even you can’t quit at this. Time to settle it.”