Paulie Malignaggi is ready to fight again.
However, this time, it’ll be in a slightly different environment.
Per a press release, the former WBA welterweight champion has signed with Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship. Malignaggi exits retirement to test himself in a different venture. A venture that the likes of former UFC fighters Artem Lobov and Jason “The Kid” Knight have recently signed on for.
Malignaggi is a former boxing champion with a career record of 36-8. Only seven of his victories have come by way of knockout. He had this to say about his new journey with BKFC:
“I’ve accomplished some big things in my 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.”
BKFC President David Feldman sounds very excited about now having a former boxing world champion on his roster:
“At this time in our company’s growth, we needed to add a legitimate and well-established world champion boxer to our roster, and I believe with Paulie’s ability and personality we’ve done just that. Paulie is the perfect fit for us.”
To make things even more interesting, NBC Sports Radio’s Helen Yee reports that Malignaggi is targeting a fight with Conor McGregor training partner Artem Lobov. Lobov will face fellow former UFC fighter Jason Knight on April 6th. McGregor and Malignaggi had a bad falling out after video of their sparring footage from 2017 leaked out online.
The pair have been bitter enemies ever since. If Lobov wins his fight against Knight, expect BKFC to capitalize on the storyline: