Artem Lobov to Compete in Charity Boxing Event against Former UFC Flyweight Paddy Holohan

Published 08/23/2021, 11:56 AM EDT


A month after officially announcing his retirement from all combat sports, Artem Lobov is now getting ready to compete in a charity wheelchair boxing bout with former UFC flyweight Paddy Holohan.

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Irish comedian Stevo Timothy, who will headline the show, was the one to reveal The Russian Hammer’s involvement in the event. Further thanking Artem Lobov for giving him a few boxing lessons and tips to prepare for the bout.

“What a day. What an experience! The absolute gentleman Artem Lobov invited me up for a bit of training ahead of my fight with Paddy Barnes. And it was immense. And not only that, but he will now take part in the charity wheelchair fight against none other than Paddy Holohan” 

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This is the very same event UFC superstar Conor McGregor was hoping to be a part of. However, the Irishman later withdrew his name from the event taking place in September, as he is still in the initial stages of recovering from his leg break.

Lobov chose to retire from combat sports following a loss to Olympic silver medalist Denys Berinchyk in a bare-knuckle bout at a Mahatch FC event in Kyiv, Ukraine. Nevertheless, it seems like the Russian Hammer is more than willing to lace up for a noble cause, which is currently supposed to take place sometime in September.

Artem Lobov- The Russian Hammer’s stint in the UFC 

Artem Lobov, who has also been a long-time training partner for Conor McGregor, made his first appearance on The Ultimate fighter22. The Russian put up a good case for himself but lost to Ryan Hall in the finale. 

The Russian Hammer then went on to compete in a total of six bouts in the UFC, with two wins over Teruto Ishihara and Chris Avila, while falling short against the likes of Andre Fili and Cub Swanson. 

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Back in 2018, Lobov went up against Michael Johnson, eventually racking up his third consecutive loss in the promotion following which the UFC chose to part ways with him.  

He then went onto pursue a career in Bare Knuckle Boxing at BKFC, winning two out of four before announcing his retirement from all combat sports.

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David Andrew

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David Andrew is an MMA author at EssentiallySports with a background in English Literature from St. Stephens College. Prior to his current role, David, who combines his passion for writing and combat sports, contributed to the MMA divisions at Sportskeeda and The Sportsrush.

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