“Magic Man”, who has a long history of hand injuries during his pro career, released a statement on Instagram regarding the fact he broke his right hand after the second round. The 38-years-old came to the post-fight press conference with both hand wrapped up heavily and admitted he sustained yet another injury to his right hand which he got under the knife for time.
After losing to the Russian MMA fighter, Malignaggi said a broken hand hindered his performance throughout the fight.
“I beat him with one hand, I broke my hand in round 2,” he told Seconds Out.
“I didn’t get an X-ray, but I’ve broken my hand enough times to know what it feels like. I landed a jab to the stomach, a right hand, one-two combination and the instant I landed it, I knew my hand had broke.
“I don’t know if I threw another right hand, but honestly, I didn’t need to because I was controlling the fight with my left hand.”
Then the Italian-American posted two pictures of both his hands demonstrating the hard-knock life you have to go through if you want to be a Bare Knuckle fighter.
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Life is sometimes about being adventurous and trying new things. Many thought I was crazy for trying my hand at bare knuckle combat and while unfortunately I may not have been born with very durable hands, it is still an experience I get to look back on and say I lived it. People have always had very little expectations of me in my life but I can proudly say I’ve always fought my way to a better life. In life we all have obstacles and I’ve always been driven most when faced with adversity. In the end, despite my brittle hands (4 surgeries on my right hand) I have been able to accomplish more as mainly a 1 handed fighter than most fighters accomplish with 2 hands. And I did it with no shortcuts and having fought some amazing fighters, travelled to some amazing places and met some amazing people along the way. You always wonder if as you get older you still have the ability to dig down when things get tough. After 2 rounds Saturday night I sat in my corner now knowing I would be a 1 handed fighter for the remainder of this fight and I am proud I continued on and showed myself I still had a willingness to dig deep when faced with adversity as I found myself once again in a familiar predicament of having a damaged hand with a determined opponent across the ring coming to rip my head off yet now I was competing in a new form of combat. I assure you its not an enviable position but I’m glad I stayed true to myself as a man and as a fighter in the moment and continued to fight despite having to obviously adjust my strategy. Respect to @rushammer who always shows up to fight and give his best no mater what day or place or at what weight and respect to him for the fight on Saturday. Obviously I feel like I won the fight but that is in no way meant as a disrespect to him. I hope he can take the momentum he gained from this result and make plenty of money for himself and his family in his career . Here are some pics of my hands after Saturday nights fight . @bareknucklefc