His return to the UFC is imminent, on January 23 in opposition to Dustin Poirier. And his boss would like to see him stay in the octagon for the months to come. But Conor McGregor bear in mind his concept of going again into a hoop. Beaten by Floyd Mayweather on TKO in the tenth spherical in August 2017 for his first professional boxing struggle (and the just one to date), “The Notorious” has in his plans a doable struggle in opposition to one other legend of the noble artwork, the Filipino Manny Pacquiao.
There can also be the lucrative challenge launched by YouTuber Jake Paul. Without forgetting a secret need: to win a world belt in boxing. The Irish celebrity talked about the matter final yr to Ariel Helwani (ESPN): “I want to box again. And I will box again. I will win a world title in boxing.”
Relaunched by the journalist, who defined to him that he would “probably have to box several times to get there”, McGregor replied with a burst of laughter: “No”. We thought then of a easy good phrase as it’s in a position. But perhaps he wasn’t unsuitable. Mauricio Sulaiman, president of the WBC, certainly one of the 4 essential boxing organizations (which had put a “Money” belt at stake for McGregor-Mayweather), has certainly explained to Sun the path Conor should take to reach his goal. And it does not have a variety of steps. The concept? Factor in his background in fight sports activities to give him a quick observe to a title struggle if he does handle to afford a WBC high 15 member.
“He needs to face and beat a fighter in our ranking and he would be eligible to be ranked and to be in contention for a title,” says Sulaiman. Which is predicated on previous conditions to draw a parallel: “We have many examples of Muay Thai fighters who turn professional in boxing and who are eligible to fight for a title. We also have superstars among amateurs, like Vasiliy Lomachenko, who comes to the pros and fights for a title very quickly. We have proof that it works. ”
We nonetheless have to observe a (large) distinction: Lomachenko had an unreal amateur record of 396-1 and due to this fact a loopy expertise of the noble artwork, which McGregor doesn’t have, earlier than combating for a world title in his second look in the professionals.
“He’s not a beginner”
But the WBC president does not see it as an impediment: “If he actually received into boxing and proved himself with wins, he would deserve the alternative to struggle for a title. …) Conor has a resume in martial arts. He shouldn’t be a newbie who would begin the sport, he has an extended historical past in fight sports activities. ” Sulaiman even admits to believing in his chances of establishing himself in the noble art: “He has the skills, the energy and the combatant standing essential to achieve this. (…) If he fights in boxing, let him beat an opponent. of high quality and if it arrives in our rating on benefit, it could be ready to be a world challenger. “
The president of the WBC specifies nonetheless not understanding “in which category of weight” whereas McGregor had confronted Mayweather in the super-welterweights, division the place the champion WBC is something however the first to are available in the particular person of American Jermell Charlo, also holder of IBF, WBA Super and The Ring belts. But with the chance of an interim title or whatnot that boxing is keen on, it is laborious not to suppose that the Mexican group – not the final to multiply the belts – may discover a method to put it in. vying for a crown.
It stays to be seen if the Irishman, who had mentioned he wished once more (he had already crushed him by TKO in the first spherical in 2014) face Poirier in the Octagon to prepare Pacquiao in a ring (each are “prone legs”, left-handed boxers), possesses the pugilistic instruments essential to beat a member of the high 15 of the WBC. Given the distinction in expertise in the noble artwork, and regardless of a pointy and exact left that has harm a couple of opponent in MMA (the place he stays certainly one of the finest “boxers”), we might not guess our wage on that. But it would not be the first time the former UFC feather and light-weight champion has stunned us.
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