Paulie Malignaggi Responds To Jason Knight’s Callout

Image source: Jason Knight's Instagram (@jtkthekid)

Following on from his big knockout win over Artem Lobov at Bare Knuckle Fighting Championships 9, Jason Knight is now looking for the next big payday.

Knight stopped Lobov in the fifth round of their rematch after a left hand to already badly damaged eye dropped Lobov who was unable to continue. Knight made some adjustments from their first bout and dominated the fight right up until the finish.

Lobov is arguably the promotions biggest star and Knight appears to now be leveraging the opportunities that may appear as a result of beating Lobov as he chases down a fight with Lobov’s former rival Paulie Malignaggi. Knight called out the former two-weight world boxing champion via Instagram, although he suggested a boxing match as opposed to a bare-knuckle fight.

“@paulmalignaggi I know u don’t want to fight BKFC again but what would u say to a boxing fight ?? I have no prior pro boxing matches but I bet I can school you at your own game!!”

Malignaggi responded to Knight in the comments section of the post.

“Well done Jason, solid adjustments Saturday night. I have not yet seen the fight but saw highlights and your sense of timing and disciplined game plan was very impressive to notice. You def caught onto a few tactics from my fight and fought smarter. I wish my hands could survive the impact again cause truthfully I enjoyed the experience and wouldn’t have minded facing you after your display. However I have a career history of hand problems and I cannot keep risking them or I’m gonna wind up with permanent damage to them. If there are interested parties that are willing to put up enough money I am not against regular boxing though where some protection for my hands is there. Maybe David can do a card where you and I glove up but instead of a ring we can fight in the bkfc squared circle with our undercard consisting of bare knuckle fights. Again its dependant on the compensation. After all, we are prizefighters. Once again though, well done and congrats on an impressive display.”

Furthermore, Knight spoke to MMA Fighting about the possibility of facing Malignaggi.

“I’m not a professional boxer. I don’t have a professional boxing record, but I wouldn’t mind one bit going over to professional boxing and doing an actual boxing match

Win or lose, it doesn’t matter cause it’s boxing, that’s not my sport but I’d love to go over there and test myself on another level, another combat sport. It’s something else that’s intriguing to me.”

After his win over Lobov, BKFC brought fellow competitor Jim Alers into the ring to try and sell a fight between him and Knight. Knight and Alers have already fought before in the UFC with Knight taking a split decision victory. Knight went on to discuss a potential rematch with Alers and why he would prefer a bout with Malignaggi instead.

“I would love to face a name. Jim Alers is a step back from Artem. Of course, give Jim Alers the respect he’s due. Jim Alers would probably be a harder fight than Artem but name wise and selling wise, publicity wise, he won’t be as big of a fight as Artem. I would love to fight somebody with a better skill set. Somebody who is a better boxer who is going to test me more than just me showing my toughness. Jim Alers, all he’s going to do is come in and try to put me away in 30 seconds, which he’s not going to do.

He’s going to come out and try to set a ferocious pace but I’m going to be able to take it. I’ll get through that first little storm and then pick Jim Alers apart. I’d rather fight somebody that has really good skills and makes me work really hard in my training camp to be able to level up to get to the next level of competition.”

It remains to be seen what is next for Jason Knight but the victory over Lobov was a big one that opens up some new opportunities.