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Belfast boxer Michael Conlan eyes a spot on Mayweather v McGregor superfight undercard

 

By David Kelly

Belfast super-bantamweight Michael Conlan is being lined up for a place on the supporting bill to the clash between Floyd Mayweather and UFC star Conor McGregor on August 26 in Las Vegas.

It is understood that Carl Moretti of promotional company Top Rank - who look after Conlan - are already in advanced talks to secure the World amateur champion a place on the highly anticipated event.

For the boxing purist, Mayweather facing McGregor is seen as a farce, but in terms of continuing to raise his profile it is obvious why Conlan's management would like to see him on the card. Conlan returns to the ring next month when he boxes on the undercard to Manny Pacquiao's WBO welterweight title defence with Jeff Horn in Brisbane, before an estimated crowd of 60,000.

"It's going to be great boxing on the same card as Pacquiao, who has always been a hero of mine," said Conlan.

Meanwhile, one of Mayweather's former sparring partners has labelled his lucrative showdown with McGregor a "whitewash" - and says the build-up will be better than the fight.

Unbeaten Chorley super-lightweight Jack Catterall got the unlikely call to spar with Mayweather at the American's gym in Las Vegas prior to his points win over Manny Pacquiao. And Catterall is one of many boxing figures who believes the bout with McGregor - who has never boxed as an amateur or professional - is a mis-match.

"I'm really looking forward to the build-up - the fight itself will be a whitewash from Floyd," said Catterall.

"McGregor has a lot of confidence, but he's not getting in there with a domestic-level fighter, he's getting in there with one of the greatest fighters of all time.

"He can study and practice and drill as much as he wants, but when he steps into the ring it will be totally different. Mayweather's cute little moves will make all the difference and it will be an easy fight for him."

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