UFC icon Conor McGregor has confirmed he will ‘grace the squared circle’ and compete in a boxing bout before he retires – but he will first make his return in the octagon.
McGregor has not competed since breaking his leg at the start of a trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier in July 2021 at UFC 264. He lost the fight via technical knockout in round one after the ringside doctor stopped the bout after the Irishman had broken his tibia and was unable to continue.
The 33-year-old acknowledged he will make his return in UFC rather than a boxing ring, but he declared he will box again in his career. McGregor lost to Floyd Mayweather via technical knockout in the 10th round of their blockbuster 2017 clash.
“Boxing is my first love in combat sports and I had such a great time the last time I was out there,” McGregor told Sky Sports at the Monaco Grand Prix. “Obviously my return will be inside the octagon for the UFC and Mixed Martial Arts, that story is far from over – in fact, that story is just beginning – so that’s where I will make my return, but boxing for sure I will grace the squared circle again in the future.”
McGregor also confirmed he is firmly on the way to recovery ahead of his UFC return. The former two-division champion added: “My body is doing good, I’m out here with my full team.
“Obviously I’m enjoying the Monaco Grand Prix, and then after that we’re going to up the training a little bit by bit. I should be able to kick now – I’ve got a CT scan in the coming days, and then I’ll be cleared to kick.
“Once I can kick and grapple, I’ll be back in in no time. Boxing training is going well and strength training, but I’m excited to get back.”
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While the Irish fighter made his name under the banner of Dana White’s promotion, McGregor is an avid follower of boxing. When quizzed about Anthony Joshua’s chances in his upcoming rematch with Oleksandr Usyk for the unified WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles, McGregor unsure about the Brit’s chances.
“It’s a tough ask,” McGregor uttered after taking a deep breath. “It didn’t go too well for him last time. I thought when he had that loss to Andy Ruiz he could adjust.
“I wish him well. AJ’s a great guy, Usyk’s a great guy as well. I hope for a good bout for both men, and the heavyweight division is on fire at the minute – a lot of good things happening.”
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