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UFC star Conor McGregor is one boxing victory away from preventing for a world title within the candy science.
That’s the phrase from WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman, who instructed SunSport that he could be eligible for a title shot if he had been to beat an opponent ranked within the High 15 by that sanctioning physique.
McGregor has taken half in just one sanctioned boxing match – a tenth-round knockout loss to Floyd Mayweather in 2017 – however he has had nice success in blended martial arts, which Sulaiman stated would work in his favor by way of rating.
“I might say he must face and defeat a ranked fighter,” Sulaiman stated. “Then he could be eligible to be ranked and to compete for a title. … We have now loads of examples of Muay Thai fighters who flip skilled in worldwide boxing and they’re eligible to combat for the title.
“We even have novice superstars like Vasiliy Lomachenko. They arrive into skilled boxing and combat for the title, and it’s confirmed it really works.”
Sulaiman went on: “If he’s to begin boxing and proves with victories in boxing then he ought to definitely be given the chance to combat for a world title. We within the WBC take into account the novice profession as one of many standards for rankings.
“And, for instance Muay Thai, in Thailand, we take into account that profession additionally after they enter into boxing. … Conor has a blended martial arts resume. So if he comes into boxing and wins a combat towards a ranked fighter, he could be eligible to be ranked.
“This isn’t a rookie coming into the game. He has an extended historical past of fight sports activities. So it’s a special state of affairs of what it was prior to now.”
Sulaiman believes McGregor has capacity as a boxer though he light down the stretch towards Mayweather and was stopped.
“What we noticed with Mayweather was after all completely different with the instances, the rounds, it’s not the identical to combat 5 rounds to then go 12 rounds,” Sulaiman stated. “However he has capacity, he has energy, he has standing as a fighter. However to compete and change into a world champion within the WBC, he would wish to combat in boxing and by advantage be ranked.
“Then he could be within the place to problem. I don’t know what weight class he could be, however undoubtedly he would wish to get a decisive win towards a high quality opponent to be thought-about to be ranked.”
McGregor, 32, is concentrated on his MMA profession in the meanwhile – he’s set to combat Dustin Poirier in UFC 257 on Jan. 23 – however he has stated he want to win a boxing title earlier than he’s completed.
After all, McGregor might find yourself preventing for the belt of a special governing physique.
He and WBA welterweight titleholder Manny Pacquiao have expressed an curiosity in preventing each other, which presumably implies that McGregor might go instantly right into a title combat if Pacquiao stays champion and the combat is sanctioned after they meet.