FRIDAY NEWS DIGEST 4/19: Malignaggi vs. Lobov bareknuckle fight booked, one fight cancelled for UFC St. Petersburg, more

By Cole Henry, MMATorch Contributor

Credit: Phil Lambert/Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship

Paulie Malignaggi vs. Artem Lobov update

Paulie Malignaggi and Artem Lobov have done a lot of talking and it looks like they now officially have a place to do some fighting. The two will square off in New Hampshire on June 22, according to President David Feldman. This will be the second fight for Lobov under the BKFC banner, while Malignaggi will be making his debut. It will be his first professional fight in any capacity for Malignaggi since March of 2017.

Devin Clark vs. Ivan Shtyrkov pulled from UFC on ESPN+

Devin Clark has announced that his scheduled bout with Ivan Shtyrkov has been canceled. Shtyrkov has been hospitalized with an illness according to a post-Clark made on Instagram.

“Hey, everyone. I just wanted to thank you all for your love and support, but unfortunately, my fight here in Russia has been canceled. My opponent, he got sick. He’s in the hospital now. So, unfortunately, no fight tomorrow. Thank you so much, everybody, for the love and support. It means a lot, and hopefully, I’ll get rescheduled soon and onto the next one.”

Shtyrkov (15-0-1) is a highly touted prospect but all of those waiting for his debut will now have to wait a bit longer.

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