'He shocked the world!' Fight fans react to underdog Artem Lobov's win against Paulie Malignaggi
A pair of contentious sparring sessions in Las Vegas, months of subsequent trash-talking and bad-mouthing (and spitting) led to this, but when all was said and done inside the Bare Knuckle FC ring in Tampa, Florida on Saturday night, it was Artem Lobov who had the final word.
'The Russian Hammer' earned a unanimous decision victory against rival Malignaggi to quell – for now at least – one of the unlikeliest, yet loudest, feuds in recent years.Also on rt.com Artem Lobov stuns Paulie Malignaggi, outpoints rival to win ill-tempered bareknuckle grudge match
Lobov's victory was a more measured one than the wild, blood 'n' guts brawl he displayed just nine weeks ago against Jason Knight, but his strategy of avoiding biting on Malignaggi's feints and rushing in with power shots of his own proved crucial in separating the two fighters on the scorecards.
It was a surprise that many had suggested was possible but perhaps few were confident enough to actually predict, so when the result was announced in the BKFC ring late on Saturday night, it caused more than a few Twitter users to rub their eyes.
HE SHOCKED THE WORLD— Seán Sheehan (@SeanSheehanBA) June 23, 2019
HE DID IT!!
Paulie Malignaggi, whose face is all sliced up, thinks he really only got hit with one clean punch all night. The rest must have been him sticking his head in a ceiling fan.— Ben Fowlkes (@benfowlkesMMA) June 23, 2019
Artem Lobov def. Paulie Malignaggi via unanimous decision (48-47 x3). Oh yes. Chaos. Sweet, beautiful chaos.— Shaheen Al-Shatti (@shaunalshatti) June 23, 2019
McGregor smashed him in sparring too. Know that.— Seán Sheehan (@SeanSheehanBA) June 23, 2019
Paulie Malignaggi's social media about to be full of goat emojis from now until the rest of time.— Shaheen Al-Shatti (@shaunalshatti) June 23, 2019