Paulie Malignaggi EXCLUSIVE on PEDs: Canelo vs Kovalev is ‘spitting in the face’ of boxing, slams WBC’s VADA programme

23 Sep

Paulie Malignaggi is never one to mince his words when it comes to the subject of performance-enhancing drugs in boxing.

The former two-weight world champion, now retired from the sport, has been an active voice speaking out about the lack of attention this problem receives, however he recently had a serious switch in opinion.

Paulie Malignaggi held world titles at super-lightweight and welterweight
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Seemingly reaching the end of his tether with regards to the subject, Malignaggi now insists that he doesn’t blame boxers for taking PEDs.

The Italian-American explained to talkSPORT.com: “Until boxing makes a full commitment to stop PEDs, you can’t blame guys at this point for taking PEDs.

“You’re dealing with a sport where you’re chasing the guy at the top who’s on PEDs.

“If this is the situation every time, you either take them yourself or go work at Foot Locker and retire from boxing.

“Until boxing makes the testing ridiculously tough, ridiculously random and ridiculously often – the powers that be in boxing, until they commit to that, instead of just talking it, you can’t blame fighters for taking PEDs because they know their opposition is taking PEDs.

“They know that if they go in there clean they’re risking not only their career, but also their health and their lives. It’s gotten to that point in boxing unfortunately and I can say it because I’m out of boxing now.

“You’re putting guys in a situation where, if they don’t do it, they’re gonna hurt themselves.”

Malignaggi insists fighters aren’t properly tested
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Some would suggest that seemingly positive steps have been made in recent years with the increasing influence of VADA (the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency).

The WBC, one of boxing’s major sanctioning bodies, currently run a ‘Clean Boxing Programme’ in which they force every top 15 fighter in their rankings to sign up for random VADA testing.

Sadly though, Malignaggi has first-hand experience of this programme and believes it’s not what it seems.

He continued: “People have this guise of VADA where it’s like, ‘Okay, is he under the VADA 365 testing?’

The WBC CBP aims to “protect the fighters of the world from the dangers of drugs”
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“I was under the VADA testing, VADA has no money. I got tested once in seven months. Yeah, the WBC programme.

“It’s all bulls***, it’s a title that they give this programme and fans are so stupid they don’t even look into it or even do the research.

“Just because you’re on the programme doesn’t mean you’re getting tested that often or even tested at all.

“I was on it for the final part of my career. In seven months I got tested one time.

Dillian Whyte currently has an ongoing situation with UKAD
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“There’s just not enough money, drug tests cost a lot of money. But the powers that be have money.

“If the organisations, all four major sanctioning bodies for example, chip in.

“And all the major promoters in boxing chip in, then there’s gonna be a lot of drug testing.

“But then there’s gonna be a lot of failures which means it’s harder to make stars, right?”

Canelo beat Gennady Golovkin in their rematch, just months after his failed test forced it to be rescheduled
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The biggest star in boxing today is Mexican middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.

The 29-year-old tested positive for Clenbuterol last year, but only received a six-month ban from the Nevada State Athletic Commission as he cited contaminated meat as the reason for the drug being in his system.

Now, Canelo is back on top of the sport and set to attempt a remarkable jump up in weight so he can take on Sergey Kovalev for his light-heavyweight title on November 2.

When asked for his thoughts on this, Malignaggi concluded: “I don’t even talk about that fight. It’s gotten so ridiculous.

Billy Joe Saunders failed a VADA test before a US fight, but would have been cleared in the UK under WADA ‘in-competition’ rules
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“I don’t care what testing it has, I don’t wanna talk about the fight. You’re basically spitting in the face of the sport at this point.

“After Canelo failed a drugs test and got a slap on the wrist, I kind of started to side with all the fighters that are doing PEDs now.

“Billy Joe Saunders failed not long after that [for Oxliofrine – his fight with Demetrius Andrade was cancelled as a result], I said, ‘What do you want me to tell you? Look at the guys he’s chasing’.”

Paulie Malignaggi EXCLUSIVE: I expect Anthony Joshua to win Andy Ruiz Jr rematch, don’t judge Tyson Fury until he fights Deontay Wilder again

20 Sep

Paulie Malignaggi has exclusively told talkSPORT.com that he believes Anthony Joshua will exact revenge over Andy Ruiz Jr when they meet again on December 7 in Saudi Arabia.

The entire boxing world was stunned earlier this year when the Mexican-American dethroned the British champion in New York, though a rematch is now set for the end of the year.

Paulie Malignaggi held world titles at super-lightweight and welterweight, but is now retired
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Saudi Arabia’s selection as the venue has attracted some criticism over human rights concerns.

Malignaggi is unfazed by this though, and told talkSPORT.com: “It’s whoever pays, right? This is boxing.

“If we’re gonna start judging everybody then we can talk about the Europeans had colonisation and the Americans went over to North America when the Indians were there.

“If we’re gonna start judging everybody on their human rights actions we can just go on and on and on.

“Not to say that any of this is right, but if you start to judge and not deal with people based on human perspective of the way they run their government, you’re gonna lose out on a lot of places to hold these events.”

Ruiz and Joshua will meet again in Diriyah
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As for the fight itself, the former two weight world champion predicts both men will improve and provide an even better contest in December.

Malignaggi continued: “I feel like Joshua’s gonna make some adjustments and I feel like Ruiz is gonna also show us the best of him as well.

“The fight came so easy to Ruiz that I don’t think we got to see all of Ruiz either.

“If I had to pick, I’d probably expect Joshua to pull it out, but I think it’s gonna be a good fight.”

If all goes to plan, Wilder and Fury will meet again next year
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Elsewhere in the heavyweight division, Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury are being lined up for a rematch early next year.

America’s WBC champion must first defeat Luis Ortiz again, while the ‘Gypsy King’ survived a serious cut scare and came through his assignment against Otto Wallin on Saturday.

“I think there’s a consistency to Tyson Fury and the consistency is this – he’s consistently inconsistent,” Malignaggi concluded.

“Before the Klitschko fight I don’t think he gave any impression from any of his performances prior that he would be able to do that to Wladimir Klitschko and the bookmakers made the odds accordingly.

Fury’s cuts were gruesome and he could have been stopped
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“Before the Wilder fight, he had a long layoff, two relatively pedestrian performances going into the fight. Again we wouldn’t really expect him to give a performance that he gave in the Wilder fight and most people thought he won the fight.

“You kind of see him lower himself or rise to the level of opposition, but then he looked great [against Tom Schwarz] in June.

“With the Wallin fight, and you’ve gotta give Wallin credit, but it’s also down to Tyson as well. He also doesn’t get up as much for opponents that on paper are not supposed to pose a threat to him.

“I think at this point you don’t judge Fury for that, he’s done this in the past and then he’s put on great performance against great fighters.”

Paulie Malignaggi EXCLUSIVE: Retired fighter still wants Conor McGregor and would come back for ‘winner takes all’ bout

19 Sep

Paulie Malignaggi insists his feud with Conor McGregor is still not over and he would be willing to come out of retirement to finally settle it.

The two-weight boxing world champion quit the sport in 2017 before returning to combat earlier this year for a bare-knuckle fight against McGregor’s friend and teammate Artem Lobov.

Paulie Malignaggi held world titles at super-lightweight and welterweight, but retired in 2017
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Although he wholeheartedly refutes the decision, Malignaggi lost to Lobov by UD.

Regardless, he is still willing to compete again as he is adamant his feud with the Irishman is not over.

Malignaggi told Jim White on talkSPORT: “The thing that bothers Conor about me more than anything is the fact I pulled his card before everybody else realised it.

“The whole having no guts and being a quitter. Nobody knew that and in the past few years all he’s done is prove me right.

“I think he knew subliminally that I was always right about him and I think he didn’t like it.”

Conor McGregor has not fought since losing to Khabib Nurmagomedov last October
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The former boxer has a long running feud with the MMA star stemming back to a leaked sparring video from 2017 and debate over whether a knockdown took place in McGregor’s favour.

When asked if he’d still be willing to settle it in the ring, Malignaggi replied: “Yeah, course. Totally, I’d fight him winner takes all, I’ve said that for years.

“Whoever loses doesn’t get a penny, I’d be all for that.

“In the Octagon he beats me, come on. We can do it bare-knuckle, we can do it boxing.”

Malignaggi lost his bare-knuckle debut to Lobov
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The 38-year-old concluded: “He’s a massive flop in general, he’s a better salesman than he is a fighter.

“Has he ever defended a title in the UFC? What has he done.

“He’s shot at 31 years old. At 31 years old I won my second world championship.

“You can’t tell me the guy’s shot at 31 years old? Come on.”

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.