Conor McGregor had his first fight tonight since his UFC lightweight title loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov last year and his first boxing contest since his mega-millions bout with Floyd Mayweather back in 2017.
Rather than Las Vegas, the venue was the Crumlin Boxing Club and the famous annual Good Friday show – his opponent, Michael McGrane.
McGregor boxed with the club from the age of 12, winning 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 Dubliner would go on to achieve superstardom through the UFC but the club where he started would always hold a special place in his heart.
And so, McGregor returned to the club on Wednesday night for some training – which included a spar with Irish boxing wonderkid Willo Hayden as well as McGrane.
However, it was not a one-off visit and ‘The Notorious’ was back in the ring at ‘The School of Excellence’ tonight in the final bout of the annual Good Friday club show which is now in its 27th year.
The 30-year-old had featured on the show over ten years ago – on a night which also featured future pros Luke Keeler, Jamie Kavanagh, Glenn Foot, Robbie Burke, and Karl Kelly among others and a who’s who of top Irish fighters have boxed on the bill throughout the years.
Tonight McGregor fought Michael McGrane, an entrant in the most recent Elite Senior Championships, in what was a good natured bout – snippets of which have been captured by those who were in attendance on the night.
Watch highlights of the fight, which was ruled a draw, below:
McGrane’s sister was certainly proud.
MY BRO FOUGHT FUCKING MCGREGOR YUP THE HURRICANE pic.twitter.com/NDlgfgBhpv
— Amy McGrane (@Ooplahh) April 19, 2019