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Conor McGregor returns to boxing. Sort of

Words by Nathan Irvine

The Irishman rocked up to his first boxing club to put on an exhibition bout.

Conor McGregor made his long awaited return to combat sports on Friday, April 19 in surprising fashion. The UFC superstar went back to Crumlin Boxing Club, Dublin – where he learned to box from age 12 – to take part in a sold-out exhibition bout.

It was a far cry from the bright lights of the 2017 super-fight with Floyd Mayweather, but no-less important. Taking part in a scrap with local fighter Michael McGrane ensured the club benefited from the financial windfall of gate receipts from those desperate to see McGregor in action.

Here’s a clip of the fight (McGregor is in red)…

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Twitter: @Adeel____Malik A post-fight Conor McGregor

Don’t call it a comeback

Although Conor boxed to a draw back in Ireland, the former lightweight champion will look to return to the Octagon in 2019 with a win.

Following a ban for his part in the post-match melee when he lost to current champ Khabib Nurmagomedov, McGregor is has a number of options ahead of him.

He could take on UFC interim lightweight champion, Dustin Poirier. Complete the bloody trilogy with Nate Diaz. Or simply wait for Khabib’s nine-month suspension to end and take another crack at him. The latter, just might take place in the Middle East.

Whatever he chooses to do next, you can bet McGregor will sell-out a huge venue with just as much ease as he did the Crumlin Boxing Club. Speaking of which, we’d love it to take place Dubai’s Coca-Cola Arena.

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