On Saturday, June 22, Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship held its sixth event from the Florida State Fairgrounds from Tampa, Fla.
In the night’s main event, former boxing world champion Paulie Malignaggi made his bare-knuckle boxing debut against UFC veteran Artem Lobov. Malignaggi had not fought since an eighth-round knockout loss to Sam Eggington in early 2017. Lobov, meanwhile, was cast away from the UFC in late 2018, but rebounded with a hard-fought decision win over fellow UFC alum Jason Knight at BKFC 5 in April.
The card also featured UFC veterans Chris Leben, Johnny Bedford, Joey Beltran, Joe Riggs and Jim Alers.
The event aired live at 8 p.m. ET on Combat Press via Fite TV.
Artem Lobov def. Paulie Malignaggi by unanimous decision (48-47 x3)
Dakota Cochrane def. Chris Leben by unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 48-47)
Johnny Bedford def. Reggie Barnett Jr. by unanimous decision (47-45, 47-45, 48-44) – for lightweight title
Julian Lane def. Tom Shoaff by unanimous decision (49-45 x3)
Joey Beltran def. Jamie Campbell by knockout (punches). Round 2, 1:50
Joe Riggs vs. Walber Brito de Barros ruled a unanimous draw (47-47 x3)
Jim Alers def. Elvin Leon Brito by knockout (punch). Round 1, 0:45
David Mundell def. Drew Lipton by TKO (punch). Round 1, 1:35
Abdiel Velazquez def. Travis Thompson by unanimous decision (49-46, 48-47, 50-45)
Chris Boffil def. Jared Hayes by knockout (punches). Round 3, 1:55
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