Canelo Alvarez issues brutal response to Conor McGregor’s boxing claim
Conor McGregor says that his comeback fight with Michael Chandler will be announced during this season of TUF
UFC star Conor McGregor has been sent a warning by Canelo Alvarez after suggesting he would be willing to take on the current undisputed 168lb boxing champion in the ring. Irish MMA fighter McGregor has not competed in any capacity since breaking his leg in 2021, but is closing on on a return to UFC after news emerged he is re-joining the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) drug-testing programme.
‘Notorious’ has already appeared in one professional boxing match before, when he took on Floyd Mayweather Jr in 2017, but a second chance in the ring is looking unlikely after Mexican Alvarez dismissed McGregor’s challenge, claiming “I’d beat him with one hand”.
Talk of a possible match-up between the two fighters came to the surface after McGregor attended Katie Taylor’s defeat to Chantelle Cameron in Dublin last Saturday, where he took the opportunity to call out Alvarez.
Referencing two of the Mexican’s recently defeated opponents, John Ryder and Billy Joe Saunders, McGregor said: “I saw Ryder, I’m a southpaw, Ryder was a southpaw, Billy Joe was a southpaw, I’ve seen methods, I’ve seen things I’d do. I know he’s waining, I’d fight Canelo no f****g problem. Out straight. No problem.”
The MMA star even went as far as to suggest the terms of a deal, suggesting that Alvarez’ promoter Eddie Hearn would have to settle for a co-promotion deal because the ‘level’ the Irishman is at.
But Alvarez, who is the first and only boxer in history to become an undisputed champion at super middleweight, took a dim view of the proposal when asked about McGregor’s comments.
He said: “The truth is I haven’t seen what he said because I don’t have my social networks on my phone right now, but I’ll beat him with one hand on his back.”
Having seen the 32-year-old boxing champion’s comments, McGregor attempted to hit back on social media. He Tweeted: “Canelo you little ginger sausage. I’d beat you with NO HANDS. Don’t forget.”
McGregor’s only other professional appearance in a boxing ring against Mayweather Jr ended in a win for the undefeated American by technical knockout in the 10th round.
It seems unlikely that the two-times UFC champ will ultimately face Alvarez in the ring but if the contest should come to pass, it is not likely to be anytime soon thanks to both fighter’s existing commitments.
McGregor is expected to face Michael Chandler on his return to UFC later this year and should the 34-year-old overcome his first obstacle, a possible title shot against current 170lb division champion Leon Edwards could be on the cards.
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