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Malignaggi v Lobov secures UK broadcast deal for bare-knuckle battle

RINGSIDE 19/06/2019
Malignaggi Lobov

Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC) has partnered with Premier Sports. The channel will air “BFKC 6: The Line is Drawn” live and exclusively in the U.K. beginning at 2:00 a.m. (GMT+1) on Sunday, June 23 from Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall in Tampa, Fla.

“BKFC 6: The Line is Drawn” will feature former boxing world champion Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi making his much-anticipated BKFC debut against former UFC veteran Artem “The Russian Hammer” Lobov.

Sharing insights from his training camp, Malignaggi commented, “To prepare for Artem I hit the punching bag a lot more. That’s because Artem is basically a punching bag with legs.

“I wanted to get used to that. Get my fists accustomed to it. This is going to be a painful night for Artem.

“This is a world-class fighter against a punching bag with feet… It ends with Lobov’s face falling off.”

Speaking exclusively to Premier Sports ahead of the fight, Lobov said, “I am delighted that fans in the U.K. will be able to see the fight live. Malignaggi talks a good fight, in the ring there is no place for words. He uses his hands for little slaps, I use mine to hammer faces.”

BKFC Founder and President David Feldman said, “BKFC is delighted to partner with Premier Sports in the UK. To show this event exclusively to their subscribers.

“We have had a lot of interest from U.K. fans in this fight. We are excited to partner with Premier Sports to bring top-class bare-knuckle boxing and a real grudge match to the fans there.”

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Richard Webb, COO of Premier Sports added, “There has been huge interest from fans to see this highly anticipated fight. We are thrilled to make BKFC 6 available live and exclusive on Premier Sports in the U.K.”

“BKFC 6: The Line is Drawn” will also feature UFC legend Chris Leben as he battles MMA veteran Dakota Cochrane, and the finale of the BKFC Lightweight Tournament between Reggie Barnett and Johnny Bedford.

Premier Sports is available in 16 million U.K. homes across Sky and Virgin platforms and to everyone via the Premier Player https://www.premierplayer.tv/. Via the Sky platform, Virgin TV and the Premier Player, the cost is £9.99 per month for new customers. Premier Sports customers on the Sky platform can also get free access to the Premier Player.



The event will be broadcast across the United States and Canada, exclusively on pay-per-view through MultiVision Media, Inc., on all major television distribution outlets for $39.99. It will also be available worldwide via stream to all in-home and out-of-home connected devices at FITE-TV and www.bareknuckle.tv.

Tickets for “BKFC 6: The Line Is Drawn” are available now exclusively at www.bareknuckle.tv. Florida will become the latest state to host a BKFC event after previous contests have been held in Wyoming and Mississippi, plus an event that took place in Cancun, Mexico.

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