Exclusive: Conor McGregor's boxing ambitions dismissed by boxing promoter Eddie Hearn

Kevin Palmer

Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn believes Conor McGregor has “no chance” of making the leap into professional boxing, as he suggested his proposed fight with Floyd Mayweather would be a disaster.

Speaking to Yahoo Sport UK, Hearn expressed his admiration for UFC champion McGregor, but dismissed his hopes of troubling the unbeaten Mayweather in what would be his first professional bout as a boxer.

“Conor McGregor would have no chance of making it as a boxer at this point,” said the promoter who will stage the Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko world heavyweight title showdown at Wembley Stadium on April 29th.

“McGregor wants to move in to boxing, but he would be little more than a amateur, even if he shows some decent boxing skills in UFC.

“I am a big admirer of McGregor and there is no doubt that he is one of the best exponents of MMA in the world right now.

“He’s also brilliant at hyping himself and people are just as excited to see what happens in a McGregor press conference as they are when he fights. The guy is entertaining and he deserves all the success coming his way. He is very, very clever and a promoter’s dream.

“The key with a guy like this is he can back up his boasts with performances as a sportsman, but he is an MMA performer and not a boxer. You cannot just switch to the ring and expect to be competitive straight away.

“If he went into boxing and would have no chance of challenging for major titles, even at a domestic level for a long time. We are talking many, many years before he could get to that level. He hasn’t even had an amateur boxing career to fall back on.

“MMA and boxing are totally different sports, but the fact that we are even talking about McGregor moving into boxing confirms this is a story people are interested in.”

Hearn recently started promoting Irish boxer Katie Taylor as he made a move into women’s boxing and he has also hinted that he may be interesting in promoting MMA sports in the UK, but he suggests McGregor will never become a boxing champion.

“While I admire McGregor for the way he has put himself on this platform, Katie Taylor will be a boxing world champion long before McGregor can even dream of something like that,” he stated.

Meanwhile, Hearn told Sky Sports that the proposed fight between McGregor and Mayweather would not be taken seriously by boxing fans, even though he admitted he would be delighted to step in as the promoter.

“It makes such little sense on one side, but so much sense on the other side,” he said.

“To the man on the street, the non-educated boxing fan, it’s the best fighter in the world against the best mixed martial arts guy in the world.

“To the educated boxing fan, it’s a complete disaster. It’s terrible, just terrible, but if they need a promoter, I’m here to do it.”