The lead-up to the Paulie Malignaggi – Artem Lobov bare knuckle boxing match has already featured heated words and an altercation, so it’s not really surprising that the pre-fight presser went off the rails.
Yes, not only did the retired boxer Malignaggi attempt hitting Lobov with a microphone, he also spat at the UFC vet…
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) May 20, 2019 
The two are going to fight at Bare Knuckle Fighting Championships 6 on June 22nd in Tampa, Florida.
Malignaggi was brought into help Conor McGregor prepare for his 2017 boxing match with Floyd Mayweather Jr. The New York fighter didn’t like how McGregor’s camp portrayed/reported their sparring sessions, and Malignaggi left.
Since then, Malignaggi has feuded with McGregor through the media. The latter is a longtime friend and training partner of Lobov.