CONOR McGREGOR could be given the inexperienced mild to combat for a world title in BOXING so long as he defeats a ranked WBC contender.
McGregor made his profitable ring debut in 2017, losing to Floyd Mayweather in ten rounds
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The WBC helped sanction the crossover spectacle, even placing up a ‘Cash’ belt for the event.
However with McGregor final 12 months revealing that he envisions winning a title for real in boxing, he has been handed hope of attaining his audacious aim.
All of the Irishman has to do is declare a victory over a contender rated within the high 15 by the WBC, because the sanctioning physique will have in mind his prior accolades within the UFC.
WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman advised SunSport: “I’d say, he must face and defeat a ranked fighter, then he could be eligible to be ranked and to compete for a title.
“As a result of, we’ve got 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 newbie superstars like Vasiliy Lomachenko, they arrive into skilled boxing and combat for the title and it is confirmed it really works.”
Masterful Ukrainian Lomachenko – who left the amateurs with a 396-1 file – gained the WBO belt in solely his second professional bout.
And the WBC have a protracted historical past of Thai Boxing champions switching over to the candy science with nice success, like Samart Payakaroon who reigned in each sports activities.
With McGregor’s history as the UFC’s top attraction, as well as 19 knockouts in his 22 wins, the southpaw would be equally entitled to a shot at the famous green and gold WBC belt.
Sulaiman said: “If he is to start boxing and proves with victories in boxing then he should certainly be given the opportunity to fight for a world title.
“We, in the WBC, consider the amateur career as one of the criteria for rankings.
“And, for example Muay Thai, in Thailand, we consider that career also when they enter into boxing.
“So, Conor has a mixed martial arts resume, so if he comes into boxing and wins a fight against a ranked fighter, he would be eligible to be ranked.
“This is not a rookie entering the sport, he has a long history of combat sports, so it’s a different scenario of what it used to be in the past.”
McGregor, 32, won early rounds against Mayweather, 43, before tiring as the 50-0 icon took over down the stretch.