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Malignaggi showing signs he wants to return to the ring.

Paulie Malignaggi proves how desperate he is to fight Conor McGregor

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Paulie Malignaggi has called both Conor McGregor and Artem Lobov out to fight on the same night as he looks for further extravagant methods to set up a bout with McGregor in the ring

The 36-year-old retired welterweight boxer recently tweeted saying: "I tell you what we could do just so we at least even the stakes. I fight he and Conor in the same night. I'm not even kidding either lol."

New York born Malignaggi ended his 16-year long professional career in March this year after 44 professional fights with 36 victories and eight defeats.

He has since featured as a boxing commentator, but is now showing intentions of forcing his way back into the ring.

His last bout was against 23-year-old Sam Eggington early this year, a battle in which he defended the WBC international welterweight title.

The comment comes after Malignaggi was installed as the Irishman's sparring partner for a while in preparation for McGregor's fight with Floyd Mayweather. He was brought in to help combat Mayweather's aggressive style in the Las Vegas fight.

The American left Team McGregor, though, after rumours and footage emerged that the the Dublin-born MMA fighter knocked out Malignaggi during a sparring session.

The 36-year-old seems to be out for revenge, but since his retirement, most of the feuds he has caused have been on social media.

The pair have since traded insults in the media to the point where a fight seemed inevitable, but no news has emerged as of yet regarding whether the pair will fight in the ring. 

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As for Artem Lobov, the 31-year-old Russian has indicated that he will request his release from UFC so that he can box.

Regarding a potential fight against Malignaggi, Lobov commented: “Paulie wouldn’t be a bad fight.

"I know he’s after big paydays. He’s retired, so he might not be interested in a fight against me, but if he was I would be all for it."

The featherweight division MMA combatant has 13 wins and 14 defeats to his name in the 29 fights he has been involved in. 

The chances of Paulie Malignaggi facing the pair on the same night are indeed slim.

Nonetheless, the American does seem restless after eight months on the sidelines. He could very well re-enter the ring sometime in the near future.

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