Retired UFC star Conor McGregor returns to training in Crumlin Boxing Club

Conor McGregor [0-1(1)] has been training in Crumlin BC despite confirming he has retired from the UFC and mixed martial arts.

The fighter who will no longer be a subject of UFC Betting has re-established his relationship with the gym where it all started of late – and he posted pictures of himself training at the Pearse Park venue on Father’s Day.

Between the ages of 12 and 16, McGregor boxed out of the Phil Sutcliffe Sr and won the Dublin Novice Championships as a 16 year old. He continued at the club after this but his commitment would dwindle as MMA took hold.

The club has always held a special place in McGregor’s heart as rose through the MMA ranks, picking up four world titles across Cage Warriors and the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Back in 2015 he told Irish boxing writer Kevin Byrne that “Phil Sutcliffe is a phenomenal boxing coach and my time under Phil in Crumlin Boxing Club, I learned so many fundamentals that I still carry with me today.”

“I learned so many shots off Phil and the coaching staff down there and the sparring with Phil Sutcliffe Jnr in my early days was phenomenal, it got me to that next level I feel.”

The charismatic and controversial Crumlin fighter would foray into the world of boxing in 2017 for a money-spinning bout with five-weight champion Floyd Mayweather and the build-up to this Las Vegas clash saw his old club spring to prominence, with numerous U.S. media outfits visiting.

Since then McGregor has fought on two of the famous Crumlin good Friday shows and has been more of a regular in the Dublin gym.

The Crumlin native employed Sutcliffe, Bra Brady and Andy O’Neill as part of his boxing team ahead of UFC win over Donald Cerrone.

McGregor shared photos on social media of himself working out, at the Crumlin venue yesterday

The former two-weight champion posted on Instagram on Sunday night: “Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there, especially my own father and Dee’s Da.

“I got to spend the day with loved ones at Crumlin boxing club.

“Not a bad day at all!

“Bout to bust open a fresh case of Proper Twelve right now and turn it into Daddy’s day #WhosYourDaddy ❤️ Have a good one everyone. Sláinte.”

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sport for a living for 19 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com