Conor McGregor’s recent boxing exhibition in Crumlin saw him earn the praise of the former two-time Olympian Phil Sutcliffe Jr.
As a 0-1 professional boxer, Conor was last seen in there with the unbeaten Floyd Mayweather in August 2017, losing by way of tenth-round TKO while in mixed martial arts, his most recent outing came in the form of the fourth-round submission defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229.
Facing off against Irish amateur champion Michael McGrane, McGregor experienced his first taste of public pugilism in about six months ahead of the increasing levels of speculation around his immediate future.
🇮🇪👏 Conor McGregor returned to Crumlin Boxing Club tonight and took part in his first boxing match since the Floyd Mayweather fight – doing a few good-spirited rounds with one of the amateurs.[🎥 Cian_C, @LoveIrishBoxing] pic.twitter.com/UT9NOdu0Mr
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) April 19, 2019
Speaking during an appearance on MMAFighting‘s Eurobash podcast, the two-time Olympian Phil Sutcliffe Jr expressed his thoughts on Conor’s performance on the night and how overall, he had been impressed by the former two-weight UFC world champion’s class in the ring.
“He knows how famous [the Good Friday events] are, they’re famous all over the world. We’ve had people from all over the world box on our Good Friday shows, some of the biggest names in Irish boxing have boxed on these shows. Conor said he’d love to box on the Good Friday show.
“He boxed on the Good Friday show in 2004 and he said he’d like to go again. I said, ‘No problem, but we have to get a proper match for you,’ you know, someone that’s around his own weight and someone around his own class.
“He showed supreme class in sparring Micheal McGrane, who was an Irish champion. It was a great spar, the two of them went hell for leather at each other. Conor decked him with a body shot in the third round, which was fantastic.
“Micheal got back up and he went at Conor straight away. He’s a warrior, he went back at Conor and he caught him with some beautiful shots. Conor danced away from him, but it was a very good exhibition of boxing.”
Of course, the vast majority of people will be more interested in hearing when exactly Conor will be making his return to the UFC octagon – although UFC president Dana White doesn’t appear overly concerned about his biggest draw’s fighting future.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena