WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman has made an interesting claim, stating that UFC hotshot Conor McGregor is just one win away from a boxing world title shot. Conor McGregor has already made his boxing debut, when he took on boxing great Floyd Mayweather in 2017, lasting 10 rounds, ultimately losing via. TKO.
Speaking to SunSport, Sulaiman revealed that the Irishman would surely get a shot at the title, if he were to beat a man ranked in the top 15. Sulaiman also referenced the combat ability and skills of Conor McGregor which will prove to be fruitful in boxing as well.
Justifying his claim, Mauricio Sulaiman said, “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. … 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.”
“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. … 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. What we saw with Mayweather was of course different with the times, the rounds, it is not the same to fight five rounds to then go 12 rounds. But he has ability, he has power, he has status as a fighter. But to compete and become a world champion in the WBC, he would need to fight in boxing and by merit be ranked.“
“Then he would be in the position to challenge. I don’t know what weight category he would be, but definitely he would need to get a decisive win against a quality opponent to be considered to be ranked.”
Conor McGregor is hardly 10 days away from his much awaited return to the UFC. He takes on Dustin Poirier at UFC 257. But, Conor has been flirting with a possibility of fighting Filipino boxing great, Manny Pacquiao for quite a while.
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