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Saturday 21 July 2018

Ireland's hottest young boxing prospect flies out to Las Vegas to help prepare Conor McGregor to face Nate Diaz

Credit: Conor Wallace Facebook
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Conor McGregor has been almost entirely absent from our newsfeeds during the last few weeks as he prepares for his rematch with Nate Diaz at the end of August.

Besides a few media appearances to promote his coach John Kavanagh's book, McGregor has 'isolated himself' just as he said he would when he came out of 'retirement'.

That 48 hour layoff came after the UFC superstar famously tweeted his farewell from the sport after a disagreement with kingmaker Dana White. Although the Dubliner quickly clarified his position, it wasn't enough to save his previously scheduled UFC 200 fight with Diaz.

That bout with the American will now take place on August 20 at UFC 202, and McGregor is going to great lengths to ensure he is better prepared for his second contest with Diaz.

One thing we know for sure is that he is working on his boxing skills, as one of Ireland's most promising prospects has joined McGregor in Las Vegas for his training camp.

Six time All-Ireland champion Conor Wallace, who has his sights set on a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, posted on his Facebook page today confirming that he will be McGregor's sparring partner for seven weeks.

It is a big step for the Newry boxer and hopefully it brings on his skills, as well as giving him vital exposure, as he looks to progress in his own fighting career.

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