Aug 11, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The global H5N1 avian influenza situation in birds improved in the first half of this year, but an H5N1 strain not previously seen in Africa recently cropped up in Nigeria, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).”Considering the number of outbreaks reported worldwide, the global HPAI [highly pathogenic avian influenza] situation can be said to have improved markedly in the first half of 2008,” the FAO said in the latest issue of its avian flu bulletin, AIDEnews.However, four countries where H5N1 is endemic—Egypt, China, Indonesia, and Vietnam—continued to report outbreaks during the 6-month period, and the virus re-emerged in Pakistan and in Hong Kong’s live bird markets, the agency noted.In June, 11 H5N1 outbreaks were reported in five countries (China, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Vietnam), compared with 65 outbreaks in June 2006 and 55 in June 2007, the FAO said. Europe reported no outbreaks, unlike in June of previous years, and no cases were reported in wild birds.However, Indonesia has not submitted reports on H5N1 events since May, because the new database for the country’s Participatory Disease Surveillance system is being modified, according to the report.”Although there has been an improvement in disease awareness, outbreaks/cases of HPAI are still underestimated and underreported in many countries because of limitations in country disease surveillance systems, which may affect considerably the shape of the distribution of outbreaks by region,” the FAO said.Novel strain in NigeriaIn a statement today about Nigeria, the FAO said recent avian flu outbreaks in the states of Katsina and Kano involved a strain that has never been reported in Africa before but is similar to strains identified in Italy, Afghanistan, and Iran in 2007. The agency did not identify the strain by clade or subclade.Scott Newman, international wildlife coordinator for the FAO’s Animal Health Service, said the discovery is a concern because it is not known how the virus was brought into Africa.”It seems to be unlikely that wild birds have carried the strain to Africa, since the last migration of wild birds from Europe and Central Asia to Africa occurred in September 2007 and this year’s southerly migration into Africa has not really started yet,” Newman said.He said the new strain could have been introduced through international trade or illegal and unreported movement of poultry, adding, “This increases the risk of avian influenza spread to other countries in western Africa.”A team of FAO animal health experts and veterinary epidemiologists is working with the Nigerian government on disease surveillance, outbreak investigations, and the establishment of veterinary drug stockpiles, the agency said.Increased pathogenicity in VietnamIn other developments, the pathogenicity of H5N1 strains circulating in Vietnam seems to be rising, according to another article in the FAO’s AIDEnews.Investigators from the US Department of Agriculture and colleagues from Vietnam’s National Centre for Veterinary Diagnosis said the increase in pathogenicity is manifested by more severe respiratory tract infections in ducks and an increase in cloacal virus levels, according to the article.The higher pathogenicity has been seen in H5N1 viruses circulating in the Red River Basin (clades 2.3.2 and 2.3.4) and the Mekong delta (clade 1), the report says.Jan Slingenbergh of the FAO’s Animal Health Service said that despite the increased pathogenicity, avian flu in Vietnam is generally “fairly well in check,” according to the report. Slingenbergh participated in an avian flu conference in mid June in Hanoi.He reported that avian flu in southern Vietnam is well in check, but that efforts in northern Vietnam need “strengthening with measures other than vaccination, and the cost of vaccination cannot continue to be entirely supported by public funds only,” the article states.See also: Aug 11 FAO statement on H5N1 strain in Nigeriahttp://www.fao.org/newsroom/en/news/2008/1000909/index.htmlJul 25 issue of FAO’s AIDEnewshttp://www.fao.org/docs/eims/upload/246457/aj097e00.pdfJul 25 CIDRAP News story “Nigeria finds H5N1 in bird markets”
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Stuff co.nz 31 August 2017Baby Moko could still be alive if Child, Youth and Family social workers had followed their own policies, the coroner’s court has heard.A witness who worked at Child, Youth and Family (CYF), now the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki, said he had gone against ministry policy to have the children sighted in the home after a red flag was raised by Tania Shailer.Shailer, along with her partner David Haerewa, systematically beat Moko Rangitoheriri to death in a manner described as more brutal than even the Nia Glassie case.On July 30, 2015, Shailer went to the CYF office in Taupo with Trina Marama, a social worker for the Maori Women’s Refuge, to talk about concerns over returning Moko and his sister to the care of their mother, Nicola Dally-Paki.While the complaint was not against Shailer, the information was enough to raise a red flag and the file was given a seven-day notification period – a matter of urgency that required specific actions by CYF.Having this label meant the children must be sighted by CYF workers within seven days. Allowing for weekends, that would have meant the last day that check should have been made was August 9 – one day before three-year-old Moko died, after being taken to Taupo Hospital in a critical condition.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/96356600/moko-rangitoheriris-social-worker-testifies-before-coroner
City officials are planning to establish a permanent dog park at Liberty Park.The City of Batesville Parks and Recreation Department installed a trial based, temporary dog park in August of 2013. The dog park was used by many pet owners and the feedback was very positive. The City of Batesville feels a permanent dog park would be a great addition to the park system, and an asset to the community.The Parks Department is asking the community for help in making the permanent dog park a reality. Many obstacles have to be faced before a dog park is installed, with the major obstacle being funding.The City of Batesville would like to form a committee of dog lovers interested in helping make the dog park a reality. The committee would meet to explore funding options, and to create a plan for a dog park that would serve the community dog lovers for many years to come.The committee will meet as needed, and try to accommodate committee member’s schedules as much as possible. Most correspondence will be done through e mail when possible.Those interested can contact Park Commissioner Mike Baumer by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (812) 934-4560 and leave a message.The city is currently in the process of establishing a dog park fund, where any monetary donations may be made in the
Brooklyn Nets, coach Kenny Atkinson agree to immediate split March 7, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — Brooklyn Nets, coach Kenny Atkinson agree to immediate split. Associated Press
(REUTERS) – Serena Williams shook off some COVID-19 layoff rust to grind out a 7-6(6) 3-6 7-6(0) win over Dutch qualifier Arantxa Rus on Monday to move into the third round of the Western and Southern Open.Williams’ matches are a magnet for fans but with no spectators allowed onto the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center grounds due to COVID-19 safety protocols, the atmosphere inside a steamy Grandstand was one of relief rather than excitement as the 38-year-old American trudged off following the hard-fought victory.“I was fine,” said Williams, when asked about playing without fans in the stands. “At one point I was pumping my fist and saying, “Come on”.“I had a crowd in my head or something. “It was actually funny to me. For me, it was like there was a crowd there.”By the time Williams arrived on court to face her 72nd ranked opponent, she was the highest seed left in the women’s draw after number one Karolina Pliskova and number two Sofia Kenin lost their opening matches on Sunday.And Williams needed to draw on all her experience and survival instincts to ensure she did not join them at the exit as Rus put the former world number one through a near three-hour workout. All four matches Williams has played since the WTA Tour restarted following the COVID-19 hiatus have gone to three-sets.Monday marked the first exhausting day in what could be a three-week tennis marathon for Williams, who will be hoping her long search to win an elusive 24th grand slam title — and equal Margaret Court’s record tally — will end on Sept. 12 with victory in the U.S. Open final.Down 6-5 in the third set and with Rus serving for the match, a drained Williams looked down for the count but she picked herself up to break the Dutchwoman to force a deciding tiebreak. She then moved in for the kill to win it 7-0. After working her way into the main draw through qualifying, Rus came in match sharp while Williams looked sluggish on a hot and humid New York afternoon. She spent much of the first set trying to tame a misfiring forehand.While Williams fitness has been questioned, her fighting spirit has never been in doubt and never more than in the third set.Despite showing signs of fatigue, Williams insisted she was fit and ready for the task ahead. “I’m actually super fit and I’m super ready,” assured Williams. I feel like I’m ready for anything.”
Published on May 6, 2017 at 2:31 pm Contact Matthew: email@example.com | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+ HAMILTON, N.Y. — In its final regular season game of 2017, No. 3 Syracuse (12-2, 4-0 Atlantic Coast) escaped with a 11-9 victory Saturday afternoon over unranked Colgate (5-9, 3-5 Patriot) on Crown Field at Andy Kerr Stadium. SU junior midfielder Brendan Bomberry scored three goals, senior faceoff specialist Ben Williams won 16-of-23 chances at the faceoff X and Syracuse tallied its 10th win in its last 11 outings. A day before the NCAA tournament selection show, Syracuse did not look like a top-5 team in the country but squeaked out a win anyway.The Orange, which beat the Raiders for the fifth straight year in a matchup that dates back to 1921, plays at home next Sunday night in the NCAA tournament.Here are three quick reactions to SU’s victory at Colgate.Late burst pushes Syracuse After facing an early 3-0 deficit, Colgate went on a 7-3 run over the next two quarters and took its first lead of the game, midway through the third. That was quickly erased with back-to-back SU goals, first from Bomberry then by senior midfielder Sergio Salcido. Down one, senior attack Jordan Evans found an open Salcido at the top of the offense. The skip pass created a ripple in the defense, leaving Bomberry open near the crease. Salcido hit Bomberry for his third goal of the day to tie it up at 7.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn Syracuse’s next possession, Salcido hit a low right-handed rip off of a pass from Evans. The Orange retook the lead, 8-7, and held on over the remaining 20 minutes of play.Bomberry’s fourth hat trickThe junior scored only one combined goal against Binghamton and North Carolina. He took only four shots over that 120-plus minute period. On Saturday, he returned to the form that made him the leading scorer for SU through seven games. His production slowed in recent weeks, largely because he was covered more closely near the crease and less aggressive with the ball.His first goal on Saturday, also Syracuse’s first, came from a Joe Gillis transition feed three and a half minutes into the game. A few minutes later, he swept left to no avail. He came back around with a run behind the cage and swept right, then flushed the goal home. His third goal, which tied the game, put to rest Colgate’s 4-0 run to tie the game and sparked Syracuse’s four-goal run to retake the lead.Ben’s returnWilliams erupted to a hot start at the faceoff X, which set up SU’s offense to score three unanswered goals at the onset of the contest. He won 5-of-7 in the first quarter and 4-of-5 in the second. While he struggled in the third, winning only 2-of-6 chances and allowing Colgate to inch back into the game, he found his groove again in the fourth.Williams, who entered Saturday after winning only 24 of his previous 51 faceoffs (47 percent), opened the last frame with a 30-second grind-it-out hold at the faceoff X against Collin Orr. He won all four faceoffs of the fourth, enabling Syracuse to get possession and mitigate its 17 turnovers.Williams’ biggest faceoff came with 1:32 remaining, after a Colgate score made it a one-goal game. He won and, after a late Colgate shot to tie, SU regained possession. As the buzzer sounded, SU goalie Evan Molloy heaved a shot from the other side of the field. It went in for his first career goal, and Syracuse celebrated its 11-9 win. Comments
After earning the best seed in program history, the University of Wisconsin volleyball team now looks to continue one of the best seasons in the program’s history all the way to the NCAA Championship. Their journey will begin Thursday night when they take on Howard University in the UW Fieldhouse.The Badgers come into the tournament with the No. 3 overall seed after finishing with a 25-4 record and a third-place finish in the Big Ten behind No. 1 University of Nebraska and No. 2 University of Minnesota. The Badgers will be led by their three all-conference team members Lauren Carlini, Haleigh Nelson and Tionna Williams as well as Molly Haggerty, who was named the Freshman of the Year and Honorable Mention for the All-Conference team.Volleyball: Badgers unable to avenge previous loss, fall to Gophers 3-2The University of Wisconsin volleyball team was looking for revenge Saturday night at the University of Minnesota, but instead, they Read…This season at the UW Fieldhouse, the Badgers were able to earn a record of 11-1, a trend they will look to continue the first round of the tournament as well as the second if they win their first match.Standing in their way is Howard University. The Bison went undefeated this season in the MEAC to earn their second straight tournament berth, losing last year to Penn State University in the first round.Howard will be led by junior outside hitter Khaila Donaldson, who sits atop her team with 417 kills on the season. The next best offensive threat for the visiting Bison will be another junior outside hitter Jessica Young, who is a distant second on the team with 207 kills.While the undefeated conference record is surely an impressive feat for the team, they went swept 3-0 in both matches they played against Big Ten members Purdue University and Penn State University.If the Badgers are able to put away Howard, they will turn around and play again Friday night at the UW Fieldhouse against the winner of the Marquette-Washington State match.Looking at the Badgers’ part of the bracket, the biggest threat to the team’s championship aspirations appear to be No. 6 Stanford University, No. 11 University of Florida, or No. 14 Kansas State University. While Stanford is the next highest seeded team in their section of the bracket, the most intriguing match-up for Wisconsin might be Florida, who knocked the Badgers out of last season’s tournament in the Sweet 16 with a 3-2 win in Austin, Texas.For the Badgers to win the championship, they will most likely have to take on their rival Minnesota, who they will meet in the Final Four, barring any unforeseen upsets. If they do meet, that would be the third meeting between the teams this season after Minnesota beat Wisconsin twice this year, a 3-0 sweep in Madison and a 3-2 win at Minnesota to end the regular season.Another potential Final Four opponent for Wisconsin could be No. 7 University of North Carolina. The Tar Heels played the Badgers in this year’s ACC/Big Ten challenge and came away with the 3-2 win in Chapel Hill in October.The Badgers are hoping to win their first NCAA Championship this December, and are one of the favorites to do so. All their hard work this season paid off with their best seed ever, and now it’s time to see if they can continue to show their skill on their journey to Columbus, Ohio and the NCAA Final Four.
Donald Sterling is suing his wife and the NBA in federal court over the $2 billion sale of the team. She negotiated the deal with Ballmer after doctors found Donald Sterling incompetent to handle his business affairs.The two filings come two weeks before the couple’s 60th anniversary and about four months after a judge ordered V. Stiviano — a woman who Shelly Sterling alleged was her husband’s mistress — to turn over the keys to a $1.8 million house that Donald Sterling bought her and to pay Shelly Sterling about $800,000 that her husband showered on the younger woman in cash, a Ferrari and other luxury vehicles.The ruling came nearly a year after a recording of Donald Sterling telling Stiviano not to associate with black people led the NBA to ban him for life and fine him $2.5 million. The recording was leaked weeks after Shelly Sterling sued Stiviano, alleging she was her husband’s mistress.While Shelly Sterling acknowledged marital problems, she said the couple never separated even though she had divorce papers drawn up.The couple testified at trial in March in Los Angeles Superior Court about their enduring love for each other, displaying cards they gave each other for anniversaries and birthdays. ___AP Writer Anthony McCartney contributed to this report. LOS ANGELES >> Former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has filed for divorce from his wife of nearly 60 years on Wednesday as he continues to battle her over ownership of the team.Sterling, 81, cited irreconcilable differences in paperwork submitted to the Los Angeles Superior Court, attorney Bobby Samini said. That paperwork was initially rejected by the court as incomplete, but it was corrected and resubmitted afterward. It lists their date of separation as Aug. 1, 2012.Donald Sterling also filed a petition in probate court Wednesday for an accounting and distribution of assets related to the $2-billion sale of the Clippers to ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, and claiming he had a right to half of the community property, according to the court documents.Attorney Pierce O’Donnell said Shelly Sterling has no comment and had not seen either court filing. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
The Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 6 pay-per-view main event between Paulie Malignaggi and Artem Lobov at the Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall in Tampa, Fla., on Saturday night has had one of the most explosive fight promotions in combat sports, period. There is real heat and hatred between the fighters and their camps stemming back nearly two years. And it involves Conor McGregor.Sporting News conducted separate interviews with Malignaggi, Lobov and BKFC founder and president David Feldman to piece together this timeline of events that made Malignaggi vs. Lobov so toxic. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a year— McGregor tabs Malignaggi to spar with him in preparation for his August 2017 super fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr., and Malignaggi meets Lobov for the first time (late July, early August 2017).Lobov: I never met Paulie before the sparring session. That was the first time I ever seen him.Malignaggi: I didn’t have an opinion of him, honestly. Artem was pretty normal when I met him. He said, “Hello,” I said, “Hello,” and that was it. He was just like one of the guys that was there.Lobov: At a sparring session as a fighter, you always show respect to other fighters. He went in and sparred with Conor. Even though he got beat up, we still gave respect, came over and said, “Look, good sparring, that was well done.” That was it. Just like you would show anyone respect when you’re sparring. That’s what we did with him. That’s what happened.— McGregor’s camp tweets out photos from the sparring session, favoring himself, as if to say he got the best of Malignaggi in the latter’s own sport of boxing (August 2017).Ghostie pic.twitter.com/ViSNzrWV0J— Conor McGregor News (@ConormcGregor5) August 3, 2017Its not nice 2 paint a pic that isn’t true, this was a pushdown in sparring, post the whole video rounds 1 through 12 UNEDITED https://t.co/R82BLiMMVm— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) August 4, 2017I came to help this camp out, not to be exploited, now your gonna get the truth though. Post FULL UNEDITED VIDEO FROM TUES night #Ethics— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) August 4, 2017Malignaggi: I did think it was very sneaky of them. Bad things didn’t happen, so they had to make them up, instead. That footage is so zoomed in, you don’t even see how my feet were off balance. If you had a legit knockdown, you wouldn’t have to change angles to show it. Second of all, you would have shown the whole sparring by now, too.I thought it was kind of sneaky. I was definitely angered about it, but I was more angry at the two trainers than Conor, because the last day I was there, before I even found out that the pictures had been released, they had me come down to the gym ready to spar and then they told me, “No,” I wasn’t sparring. So, they basically made me show up to not train.Now you’re playing me for a f— sucka.— Malignaggi leaves McGregor’s camp, visits Mayweather’s final workout before the McGregor fight (August 2017).Malignaggi: It was like, if we’re going to play that game, I’m going to go over to Floyd and check out Floyd. When I went there, we were joking around about Conor, we were making fun of Conor, but he literally didn’t ask me a single question about how (McGregor) fights or his mentality. He was so care-free about this guy. The perception was I went over there and gave out secrets. I told myself, if we’re going to play the perception game, I’m going to go over there and play the perception game back.Lobov: My opinion of him after was, of course, not a good one because we put him up with our training partners. He stayed in the same house as our other training partners. Basically, we took him into the team. He was treated nicely, he was paid for the sparring. Just the way he treated (us), going back to Mayweather’s camp and talking and this and that. We just knew he was a scumbag then. We knew he was not a nice person.— Heated confrontation with “Notorious” during Mayweather-McGregor media day (August 2017).Malignaggi: I had to work that media scrum for Showtime and Sky Sports. In that moment, I was there to work and not cause problems. I had to hear what he was saying in the interviews because I had to discuss it on camera after. I had to be close enough to hear what he was saying. When I pull up to listen to him, I see Conor’s manager Audie (Attar) within distance of me.I said, “Let me speak to him, because he was one of the guys kissing my ass after the sparring.” Dana (White), Artem and Audie were all kissing my ass after the sparring. So, I said, “You know what? Let me try to pull Audie aside and basically tell him that wasn’t cool what you guys did.” I was trying to talk to him man to man.I tried to grab him by his arm, but he resisted, and Conor was right there. They said I broke the non-disclosure agreement about speaking about the sparring session. So, in that moment, what he’s basically saying is, “You broke your NDA,” and he’s saying it really loud.Suddenly, Conor hears that, and all the cameras suddenly turn on me. Now I’m in a situation where I’ve gotten myself in the s— again. I got Conor in my face, and honestly, the only thing that came to my mind was the same s— I was telling him in sparring. When I had the moments I was beating on him I told him, “Conor, you don’t have no balls.” I would have dropped Conor with a right hand to his face. But I couldn’t cost Floyd money when I know the guy.Up until that point, I didn’t have a problem with Artem. To tell you the truth, Artem didn’t cross my mind. Artem didn’t come into play until I saw interviews later where he was asked about the sparring and he’s basically lying through his teeth, blatantly. Artem didn’t have a problem with me and I didn’t have a problem with Artem. Artem brought this problem to himself, and now, he’s got a big problem Saturday night.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a year— Malignaggi slaps Lobov during “The Russian Hammer’s” media workout at Mendez Boxing gym in New York before Lobov’s fight with Jason Knight at BKFC Championship 5 (April 2019).Feldman: I told Artem, as I was driving with him, “I don’t want nothing heated.” He said, “I’m not going to do anything.” I said, “Alright.”Lobov: That was the first time (I’d) seen him since (the sparring session) — in the Mendez Boxing gym in New York. On the way over to the press conference, David was in the car with me to make sure to say that there’s no physicality there at the gym; that, “We’re a new sport and we’re trying to give a good first impression. Let’s not do anything. Let’s be professional.”Malignaggi: We were face-to-face and he was talking. Instead of addressing it, he goes, “You know better than to try it in here because we’re not in the ring.” MMA fighters have this whole thing about boxers that we can’t fight in the street, but most of us came to boxing because we were fighting in the street. And when I was a street fighter, there were no bells. If I wanted to hit you, I was going to hit you.When I slapped him, I knew to slap him and not punch him because he was fighting Jason Knight that weekend. I didn’t want to ruin what they had that weekend, so I actually slapped him out of the kindness of my heart.🚨WARNING: EXPLICIT 🚨Things got heated between @PaulMalignaggi and @TheNotoriousMMA’s friend @RusHammerMMA at @bareknucklefc 5 Media Day.What’s McGregor’s next move? pic.twitter.com/S2U59K5k0n— Sporting News Fights (@sn_fights) April 2, 2019Lobov: He once again lived up to the reputation of a scumbag. Of course, the only way he can get a shot in is by doing a cheap shot. It happened. Now, I want to lock him in the ring, and let’s see what happens there.Malignaggi: It was a warning smack to let him know, “I don’t care if you know MMA. I don’t care if you know 14 karate kicks and 20 chokeholds. I will wear you the f— out right here, and you’ll never know what hit you.”Feldman: I guess when they saw each other it just blew up. There’s animosity between the two camps, and I think because Artem is such good friends with Conor that it just blew up. It just happened. It was unexpected. I really didn’t think anything like that was going to happen. I thought jawing and everything was going to happen, but I didn’t think anything like that was going to happen. — McGregor tweets out more shots during his sparring session with Malignaggi (April 2019).pic.twitter.com/5SfYDyvUVJ— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 3, 2019pic.twitter.com/7B9fqaNiAc— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 3, 2019Lobov: He showed more footage of Paulie getting mauled. Paulie’s face is all red and there’s not a scratch on Conor. Those pictures tell you what happened there.— Malignaggi hits Lobov with a microphone on the head and spits on him at New York press conference (May 2019).Feldman: Artem was short on words. Paulie started talking, and Artem suddenly wanted to talk.Malignaggi: He gets on the mic, didn’t speak (much), didn’t say anything. I got on the mic and he starts talking. I’m not a punk. You’re going to walk over to me like a big tough guy when I just spoke on the mic? I got the mic in my hand, so I swung at him.Paulie Malignaggi tried to do a microphone check on Artem Lobov’s head at the @bareknucklefc press conference. #MalignaggiLobov pic.twitter.com/eoysk6tTwD— Sporting News Fights (@sn_fights) May 20, 2019Feldman: Paulie hit him in the head with the microphone. We separated them, and then he actually spit on him. .@PaulMalignaggi didn’t stop there.He spit on Lobov after warning the former UFC fighter to not point his finger in his face again. #MalignaggiLobov pic.twitter.com/u1NqbmPEUg— Sporting News Fights (@sn_fights) May 20, 2019Feldman: He actually caught me in the eye with a little bit of spit, too. He called me right afterwards and apologized completely saying, “I’m really, really sorry. I didn’t mean to do that — especially to you.” What am I going to do?Lobov: This is not a good guy, and I will punish him for that Saturday night. To be honest, I’m not surprised about anything that guy does. He’s a scumbag. I guarantee his parents were watching saying, “I can’t believe our son has behavior like that.” He’s 38 years old and does things like that. Come on, now.Feldman: I think he crossed the line, absolutely. You never should spit. That’s just very, very disrespectful. You don’t do that; he did it. But as a promoter, if you’re just talking about promotional value, I couldn’t pay for that kind of promotion. It was everywhere.Lobov: Saturday night, that’s the only thing that matters. I get my payback then.— Thursday’s final fight press conference (June 20, 2019).Feldman: I hope they obviously don’t touch each other because now we’re here. We got tight security. This is as real as it gets. I think they truly want to hurt each other bad. In boxing and in MMA, you really don’t have that a lot. I think they really want to inflict damage on each other.Malignaggi: I told them, “Don’t let him near me, because I don’t think I could control myself when I’m next to that guy.”Lobov: I’m ready for anything. Whatever happens, I’m ready. Let’s see.Update: Things did get heated at the press conference. (Warning: Explicit language is in the video below.)Artem Lobov and Paulie Malignaggi face off after their Tampa press conference. pic.twitter.com/iX5E9DxdVG— TheMacLife (@Maclifeofficial) June 20, 2019 Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a year— The final faceoff and some last-minute jawing during the weigh-in (June 21, 2019)— Malignaggi, Lobov on if the beef could be squashed following Saturday night’s fight at BKFC 6. Malignaggi: For me, this could be squashed after the fight, but he has to look at me, address everybody, including me, and say he’s sorry that they lied (about the sparring) and they used that to promote the fight, but that’s not really how it went down. All that was a lie.And I know he’s not going to do it. That’s why this doesn’t get squashed. It’s probably better that the fight ends and we don’t shake hands or get near each other because I can’t risk him lying to me. I can’t take that chance because I’m going to beat the s— out of him again.Lobov: I don’t think so, because look at the way he’s behaving. You can’t do those things. A scumbag like this, after I teach him a lesson, he still won’t care. But everybody understands pain; everybody understands a broken jaw, knocked-out teeth. He will understand it that way.