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Coach Kavanagh Reveals Details Of Infamous McGregor/Malignaggi Spar

Conor McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh appeared on Joe Rogan’s podcast last night to discuss the events that occurred at UFC 229, SBG and the career of the Crumlin fighter.

Kavanagh spoke openly and insightfully on a number of topics, but it was the discussions over McGregor’s brief but lucrative foray into the boxing world which caught the attention of many fans listening.

McGregor infamously brought former WBA welterweight champion Pauli Malignaggi into his camp to help prepare for the fight with Floyd Mayweather and it’s safe to say that the pair didn’t really see eye to eye.

Following a sparring session between them, footage was released appearing to show Malignaggi being knocked down by McGregor but the former pro boxer came out and claimed that he had been pushed and not knocked down like the video suggests.

Speaking to Joe Rogan, Kavanagh went into a little more detail on the infamous sparring match, which he explains garnered quite the crowd at the gym.

“It was a weird night in the gym,” Kavanagh began.

“The Fertita’s came in, Dana came in, a few celebrities came in, it was a fight.

“The referee was there and they did 12 hard rounds. I think there is something being released on Netflix soon, a documentary based around that fight and it will have all the rounds.

“We actually have all the rounds on tape as far as I’m aware.

“That night when Conor went into the ring with Paul, me and Owen (Roddy) are elbowing eachother saying ‘what’s gonna happen here?’ Is he just going to get schooled and we’ll be left scratching our heads like ‘what are we going to do here?’ but during each round we got more confident.”

Kavanagh also outlined that he felt that many onlookers in the crowd believed that, had the sparring session been scored like a fight, McGregor would have won.

“I will obviously say yes (Conor won) but Dana and a few of those guys who know a lot more about boxing were saying afterwards ‘ok we’ve got a fight on our hands’ ”

Malignaggi is evidently still not happy with McGregor judging by his verbal attack on him following the Khabib loss, so perhaps a boxing match between the two would not be beyond the realms of possibility.

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Author: Oisin McQueirns

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