Tuesday 22 August 2017

Conor McGregor honing boxing skills ahead of Floyd Mayweather showdown

Conor McGregor is preparing to fight Floyd Mayweather
Conor McGregor is preparing to fight Floyd Mayweather

Conor McGregor has posted photos on social media of him landing blows on a sparring partner during training for his lucrative showdown with Floyd Mayweather.

The mixed martial artist faces Mayweather in Las Vegas on August 26 in a contest that will be staged under normal boxing rules.

One of the photos published on his official Instagram account shows a bare-chested McGregor finding his target above the caption of "Left uppercut. Southpaw".

The 28-year-old Irishman can also be seen connecting with a left jab, the picture accompanied by the words "Full 74 inch reach. And I'm in Orthodox".

And with his opponent seen backed up against the ropes in a third photo, McGregor writes "Get into that corner".

Few are expecting the UFC lightweight champion to trouble Mayweather despite his punching power and he has been installed as a 5-1 underdog by bookmakers.

He trained at a gym in his native Dublin as a youngster but has never previously boxed as an amateur or professional, while former multi-weight world champion Mayweather compiled a 49-0 record before retiring two years ago.

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