The Irish sports star, Conor McGregor confirmed that he is targeting a boxing return. However, he is still planning to return to the UFC first.
Conor McGregor hasn’t appeared inside the octagon since June of last year. Last time he fought Dustin Poirier in their trilogy fight and lost due to a leg injury. Since then, the 33-year-old has been in recovery. ‘The Notorious’ hasn’t fully healed and has been confined to boxing training so far.
McGregor is planning to move up to the welterweight division and straight up facing the champion Kamaru Usman for his blockbuster return. McGregor also isn’t in the USADA testing program so his return to the octagon is unlikely to happen within the next 6 months.
Many fans wondered if the MMA star would have another match inside the boxing ring. During an interview with Sky Sports, McGregor revealed his plan if his injury finally healed.
“Boxing is my first love in combat sports. I had such a great time the last time I was out there. Obviously, my return will be in the octagon for UFC.”
“That story is far from over, in fact it’s just being written. It is just the beginning but boxing, for sure, I will grace the squared circle again in the future.” McGregor said.
Conor McGregor had his one and only professional boxing match against Floyd Maywather Jr back in August 2017. McGregor earned a total of 130 million dollars while Mayweather earned an overall 280 million dollars.
McGregor also shared the progress of his leg recovery. He said he will be permitted to train his kick anytime soon.
“The body is doing good. We are going to up the training bit by bit. I have another CT scan in the coming days and then I will be clear to kick. Once I can kick and grapple, I will be back in no time. Boxing training is going well, strength training. I am excited to get back.” McGregor added.