Terence Crawford confirmed that he nonetheless has loads of his outdated wrestling skillset within the financial institution as he took on a buddy in his lounge over the weekend.
The WBO welterweight world champion – who will face Kell Brook on November 14 – channelled his inside Khabib Nurmagomedov as he twice pressured his pal to faucet out.
Khabib is ready to defend his light-weight title in opposition to Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 this weekend, reside on talkSPORT 2.
And Crawford himself has beforehand been linked with a crossover bout contained in the octagon.
Again in January, promoter Bob Arum defined to the TalkBox podcast: “Crawford has a background in wrestling and wouldn’t be averse to preventing McGregor with MMA guidelines.
“That’s one thing that has occurred to us within the final couple of days and we will probably be pursuing that with [UFC president] Dana White.”
Arum later instructed reporters: “It’s not truthful to the UFC and to Conor McGregor to say, ‘Let him struggle this fighter, that fighter, however solely in boxing.’
“Terence Crawford will do McGregor within the Octagon after which three months later within the boxing ring.
“The Octagon could be first as a result of I don’t need them to assume we’re taking part in round.
“Terence Crawford is a extremely powerful dude who has a wrestling background.
“Crawford wouldn’t be misplaced within the octagon. He’s, I believe, a world class wrestler, so let’s see.
“I wouldn’t be stunned if Crawford pins McGregor in an MMA struggle.
“I believe Crawford’s a greater wrestler than McGregor.”
We’ll carry you reside and unique protection of UFC 254 this Saturday. Hear on talkSPORT.com from 7pm, whereas protection will get below approach on talkSPORT 2 from 8pm.