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Freddie Roach confirms Conor McGregor approach

Legendary boxing coach Freddie Roach revealed he has been asked to train UFC Champion in the art of boxing.


Roach, who has worked with Steve Collins, Bernard Dunne and McGregor friends and former club mates Dean Byrne and Jamie Kavanagh, claims he got a call from the team of one of the biggest names in combat sport re boxing training.

The revelation became big news due to the rumours surrounding McGregor and Floyd Mayweather possibly fighting, but Roach claimed their was mention of the 49-0 boxer.

Indeed Roach suggested a clash with ‘Money’ would be too much too soon for the UFC featherweight champ.

It is more than possible contact was made because improvement hungry McGregor wants to work on his stand up. He has over the years sparred pro fighters around Dublin including Patrick Hyland and Stephen Ormond and there is no doubt in his Crumlin days Phil Sutcliffe Jr, Jamie Kavanagh, Dean Byrne and more would have sparred him.

“No [talk of Mayweather], just to train him,” Roach told Radio Rahim of BoxingScene.com. “They did ask me if I’ll train him. I said ‘sure, bring him down.’ I’d like to see [him], meet the guy and see what he has. He seems like a nice guy.

Asked whether he could possibly get McGregor in shape for a boxing bout with Mayweather, Roach conceded it’s doubtful.

“No, I don’t even know what level he’s at right now. I couldn’t say that without working with him. He seems like a good kickboxer. That’s all I’ve seen of him. But as a boxer, I’ve never seen him box.”

Before he conquered the World of MMA McGregor fought for Crumlin BC and his last boxing coach was one Phil Sutcliffe, who he praises HERE.


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