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Conor McGregor inadvertently reignites Dylan Moran – Paddy Donovan beef

Dylan Moran and Paddy Donovan opened up some not-so-old wounds online late last week.

The Munster welterweights began a fresh verbal sparring session, trading insults, further increasing fight fan desire to see them trade real punches in the ring in the process.

The Waterford and Limerick fighters became bad blood rivals out of nowhere as a potential ‘Who is the real Real Deal?’ domestic bout caught fan attention in August.

The Treaty southpaw sparked it all off when he told Irish-boxing.com Moran wasn’t fit to hold his gear bag – prompting a response from the Déise fighter.

Moran said, not only was he ready to fight, but that the fight would be massive. He also suggested he was tailor-made to burst the hype bubble around the 23-year-old Top Rank starlet.

The usually smack talk adverse welters went at it again this week after Conor McGregor posted a video of him and the Waterford man sparring.

Donovan couldn’t resist and commented, prompting some old insults to be thrown back and forth.

It’s unlikely the Munster rivals will meet this year. It’s more likely a rivalry that will be left to simmer. Donovan may get out on the proposed Tyson Fury – Derek Chisora undercard on December 3, while Moran isn’t expected to appear until early next year when he’ll look to top a bill in his home county.

Maybe they could look at fighting in the second half of next year, although Irish-boxing.com understands it’s one that will be considered for the undercard of a Katie Taylor homecoming if that is to happen.


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