Katie Taylor's new promoter dismisses Conor McGregor's boxing aspirations
Katie Taylor’s new promoter Eddie Hearn has dismissed the notion that Conor McGregor could make his mark as a professional boxer, after insisting the UFC star would be made to look like a fool if he went through with a much-hyped fight against Floyd Mayweather.
McGregor has hinted that he would be interested in testing his skills as a boxer, but Britain's biggest boxing promoter has insisted a move from MMA into his sport would be a leap too far for the colourful Dubliner.
In an exclusive interview with Independent.ie, Hearn has hailed two-weigh UFC champ McGregor as one of the greatest showmen in sport and suggested he is worthy of all the hype that surrounds him.
Yet he is has laughed off suggestions that he could take on the best in a boxing ring, as he insisted his place should remain in a UFC cage.
“Conor McGregor would have no chance of making it as a boxer at this point,” stated Hearn.
“I have heard suggestions that McGregor wants to move in to boxing, but he would be little more than a amateur, even if he shows some decent boxing skills in UFC.
“I’m a big admirer of McGregor and there is no doubt that he is one of the best exponents of MMA in the world right now.
“He’s also brilliant at hyping himself and people are just as excited to see what happens in a McGregor press conference as they are when he fights. The guy is entertaining and he deserves all the success coming his way. He is very, very clever and a promoter’s dream.
“The key with a guy like this is he can back up his boasts with performances as a sportsman, but he is an MMA performer and not a boxer. You cannot just switch to the ring and expect to be competitive straight away.
“He would be an amateur if he went into boxing and would have no chance of challenging for major titles, even at a domestic level for a long time.
“MMA and boxing are totally different sports, but the fact that we are even talking about McGregor moving into boxing confirms this is a story people are interested in.”
Hearn went on to dismiss the suggestion that a McGregor v Mayweather showdown would take place, as he suggested the prospect was ridiculous.
“There was all these rumours about a possible fight with Mayweather, but that was just hype. It was never going to happen,” he added.
“Those two guys are great at promoting themselves, they are both very clever. While we all knew it was a fantasy for McGregor to take on Mayweather in a boxing ring, everyone was talking about the prospect for a few months, which is what it was all about. A publicity stunt.”
Read a revealing interview with Eddie Hearn on Katie Taylor’s move into professional boxing in tomorrow’s Sunday World.