Conor McGregor Could Fight For WBC Title If He Beats Ranked Contender
Conor McGregor may find himself competing for a major boxing championship if he can do one thing.
McGregor is a former UFC “champ-champ.” He’s captured UFC gold in the lightweight and featherweight divisions. While his bread and butter is competing as a mixed martial artist, the “Notorious” one has dabbled in the world of boxing. Back in August 2017, he was stopped by Floyd Mayweather via TKO in the 10th round.
WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman told The Sun that it isn’t out of the realm of possibility for McGregor to fight for a major boxing championship. If he can beat a ranked WBC contender, he’s got a shot at the gold.
“I would say, he needs to face and defeat a ranked fighter, then he would be eligible to be ranked and to compete for a title. Because, we have plenty of examples of Muay Thai fighters, who turn professional in international boxing, and they are eligible to fight for the title. We also have amateur superstars like Vasiliy Lomachenko, they come into professional boxing and fight for the title and it’s proven it works.”
McGregor is set to return to the Octagon on January 23. He’ll be going one-on-one with Dustin Poirier in a rematch to headline UFC 257. McGregor has said that he wanted to fight Poirier again to face a southpaw, which is boxing legend Manny Pacquiao’s stance. McGregor has been eyeing a boxing showdown with Pacquiao.
McGregor is 0-1 as a pro boxer. His MMA record stands at 22-4 with 19 of those wins coming by way of knockout. The experience gap between McGregor and many other top-ranked boxers is evident when it comes to the sweet science.