It wasn't the result that Paulie Malignaggi, or indeed 99 percent of the boxing community expected, but Artem Lobov's close but decisive win against the former two-time world champion boxer has got people talking.
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 in 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 heated rival Malignaggi to quell – for now at least – one of the unlikeliest, yet loudest, feuds in recent years.
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 scratch their eyes.
HE SHOCKED THE WORLD
HE DID IT!!
— Seán Sheehan (@SeanSheehanBA) June 23, 2019
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
The @RusHammerMMA wins on points great win congratulations on a great fight
— John Joe Nevin (@johnJoeNevin) June 23, 2019
Paulie Malignaggi, with 3 cuts on his face, says he got hit with one punch all night. #BKFC6
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