Despite a lack of action in the first two rounds, Malignaggi appeared to be in control with his speed and distance, keeping Lobov at bay, while the Russian stayed tentative and unwilling to engage in a brawl.
But in the third round, the tide started turning for Lobov.
Earlier in the week, Lobov told Business Insider that fans may see him in the boxing ring before the year ends.
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"It was an emotional fight".
"I pretty much got the worst of everything because I got a shit decision and I made a tic-tac-toe board out of his face with my left hand", Malignaggi said. Being in there with a professional boxer, it was my first time.
So, how did a two-time world boxing champion known as "The Magic Man" fail to conjure a victory over an MMA fighter with a mixed record? We clinched very little. The former UFC two-division champion ignored the challenge and his friend Artem Lobov took Paulie up on his offer and will now fight in a bare knuckle contest.
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@PunchKickChill tweeted: "I gotta be honest, he only hit me with one clean punch". At least I have all my teeth. Artem Lobov delivers good work to the body, but many of those big shots hit the air. I'm pretty sure, I've broken my hand several times, and I'm pretty sure when I threw that jab to the stomach right hand to the head in round two, I'm pretty sure my right hand is broken.
"I think when fighters fight each other there's sort of that soul searching of themselves and you kind of have to dig deep", Paulie Malignaggi said of Artem Lobov at the post-fight press conference. I thought I was winning pretty easily. I was popping him with jabs and check left hooks constantly. Maybe, just maybe, this wasn't meant to be.
Malignaggi's performance thrilled his home crowd in Florida, but the experience and resilience of Lobov was rather evident in the latter stages of the fight. There is still some lingering frustration from the Malignaggi camp for the McGregor sparring session video, but that's a conversation for another day.
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Even though many people talk a lot about fighting and Paulie had a lot to say, he showed up to fight so I respect him for that. You can like him or hate him, but he shows up.