Conor McGregor trains with son at old boxing club ahead of fight return

Conor McGregor went back to his roots as he worked on his boxing ahead of a return to the octagon in January.

The UFC star regularly returns to Crumlin Boxing Club where he first started training as a teenager.

And this time he brought along his whole family with partner Dee Devlin and their children Conor Junior and Croia joining him.

McGregor trained with other members of the club and also did a spot of sparring with his two-year-old son Conor Junior, who looks like he has inherited his father’s fighting genes.

Crumlin native McGregor took part in an exhibition bout at the club in April and is currently stepping up his preparations after revealing in Russia last month that he will make his UFC return on 18 January 2020.

It comes as McGregor reacted to rival Nate Diaz’s defeat to Jorge Masvidal over the weekend – issuing a challenge to the Americans.

Masvidal won a bloody fight at UFC 244 after Diaz was stopped in the third round – having suffered a deep cut above his eye.

A cageside doctor ruled that the fight could not continue as the wound, which was inflicted onto Diaz in the opening minutes of the fight, continued to pour with blood.

Both fighters were disappointed with the result, with Masvidal immediate offering a rematch.

But McGregor, who appeared to be impressed with the duo while watching at home, wants to get involved in a fight with one of the pair.

The Notorious has often hinted at turning his competition with Diaz into a trilogy but also mentioned wanting to fight the winner on Saturday night.

“Robbed of a classic there we were,” McGregor wrote on Twitter . “Cutmen in the corner must be more assertive when a fighter must stay still. Between rounds 1 and 2 a crucial moment of repair was missed due to movement.

“Either way, solid fighting and onto the next… Me.”

Masvidal was asked about fighting McGregor in his post-fight press conference and suggested that the Irishman didn’t really want to fight him.

?Come back to what? What do you mean, like fighting in the cage? I dunno man,? Masvidal said.

?That dude has been talking wild for what, a second? If he fights and gets a victory and wants this? And some of you motherf**kers are mean because you know what the f**k I?ll do to that little dude, bro. I?ll f**k that little guy up, man. He?s a f**king midget.?

Diaz appeared to be leaning towards a rematch with Masvidal rather than colliding with McGregor again.

“If you?re the baddest motherf***** you’re going to take that as a win?” Diaz said.

“It?s just like when I fought Conor [McGregor]. It was a win, and it was fair game, but I wasn?t finished. He knows I wasn?t finished. I was ready to rock.

“That?s my plan, that?s my next move; I would love to run it back, that?s the only thing I want to do. And that?s my full intention for now.

?But I can already see the f***ery coming. I know how this game works. I gave all the rematches and made names for all these people.”

SOURCE: https://www.irishmirror.ie