Jake Paul has mocked Conor McGregor for his "rookie" boxing technique shown off in a social media training video.
UFC star McGregor has been out of action since last summer, when he suffered a nasty broken leg in his trilogy fight against Dustin Poirier. He has been on the road to recovery ever since, and will return to MMA action later this year.
No opponent has yet been announced, though McGregor has suggested that he should be thrown straight back into contention for title fights despite losing three of his last four bouts. Others are less convinced, with some suggesting that Notorious' time at the top of the sport is over.
The short training clip came with a vow from the former UFC champion, who declared: "I'm gonna break a head with these [punches]. Add it to the list of heads." The footage of his boxing practice and bullish claim had some fans purring about his chances upon returning to the octagon.
But YouTuber-turned-boxer Paul appears to be less impressed with the Irishman, and wasted little time in pointing out what he felt was a flaw in his boxing technique. Responding to the clip of his head movement training on Instagram, the American wrote: "He’s dropping his right hand every time he slips right.
That slam is not technically accurate, as McGregor has been involved in a professional boxing fight before when he lost to Floyd Mayweather Jr in their huge PPV bout in 2017. By comparison, Paul boasts an undefeated record having won each of his five fights, but has never faced an actual boxer.
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Paul has teased a potential switch to MMA in the future and has called out McGregor on several occasions, though those requests have regularly gone unanswered by the Dubliner. Should they ever meet, either in the ring or the octagon, the American has claimed he would easily beat the "broken" 33-year-old.
"Conor is on a downhill spiral," he said, before taking aim at the Irishman and the injury he sustained against Dustin Poirier. "His limbs are all broken. So, stand-up game, I'm coming out and knocking him out, first round."
He even went on to say a meeting with McGregor was one of the reasons behind his move into combat sports in the first place. "I want to fight Conor McGregor. I will fight him in a boxing ring in Ireland," he added. "That's partially how this boxing journey started, I made up my mind that I was going to get a fight McGregor and win it."
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