Artem Lobov did it.
After weeks of trash talk from former two-division boxing champion Paulie Malignaggi, ‘The Russian Hammer’ beat ‘Magic Man’ in a bare knuckle grudge match at BKFC 6.
Lobov, who entered Saturday night’s headlining bout at Florida State Fairgrounds Arena as the betting underdog, beat Malignaggi via unanimous decision — and coach John Kavanagh couldn’t be any happier.
The SBG Ireland head coach, who also trains former UFC two-division champ Conor McGregor, posted on Twitter that Lobov beating Malignaggi was the best day of his life.
This the best day of my life pic.twitter.com/TfQlR7sQkq— Coach Kavanagh (@John_Kavanagh) June 23, 2019
“This is the best day of my life,” an ecstatic Kavanagh posted in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Malignaggi was furious with the judges at BKFC 6 but the 38-year-old says his beef with Lobov has been settled, paying respect to the former UFC featherweight at the post-fight press conference.
“I still don’t agree with everything that he did, but I’m sure people aren’t going to agree with the way I responded to everything too,” Malignaggi said during the post-fight presser. “So respect to Artem. He’s got a newborn baby, so he’s probably going to benefit from this and do well for himself.”