Eddy Reynoso, the coach of WBC and WBA (Super) super middleweight champion of the world Canelo Álvarez, has offered to provide training to two-time UFC champion and MMA icon Conor McGregor.
Outside of a decorated mixed martial arts career, Conor McGregor has been trained as a boxer since he was 12 years of age, and later went onto become All-Ireland champion at youth level.
However, McGregor’s grandest boxing contest came in 2017 when he was featured in a professional bout against the undefeated, fifteen times world champion Floyd Mayweather, a fight that the Irishman has lost via a 10th round TKO.
Canelo’s coach Eddy Reynoso: We can help to better Conor’s boxing and defence
Although he did not come out as the winner, McGregor had some impressive first rounds. Since the fight, he returned to star in the octagon but has not donned the sparring gloves yet.
While talks about a potential fight with Filipino boxing legend and eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao were reaching legitimacy, the progress halted after McGregor suffered a loss against Dustin Poirier in their rematch at UFC 257 back in January.
Meanwhile, Canelo’s trainer Eddy Reynoso has expressed his desire to coach McGregor to improve his boxing skill, before he has his trilogy fight with Poirier.
“I think they should do a trilogy fight. It’s 1-1 so the third fight should be good,” Reynoso said in an interview with Little Giant Boxing, “here we can support him. We can help to better his boxing and defence.”
Recalling “The Money Fight” of 2017, Canelo’s coach stated that he was impressed with Conor’s counter, footwork, waist movement as well as agility and believes he has a bright future as a pugilist.
“Give it your best, keep working hard, don’t quit,” Reynoso expressed his message to McGregor, “you have a lot to give, and get the third fight with Dustin Poirier.”
“There’s bad nights sometimes. Conor has a lot to give, I don’t know what happened, but his career is untouchable. He’s a tremendous athlete that’s going to be in the history books,” Reynoso added.
A regular trainer at Celtic Warrior Gym in Blanchardstown which has been the home of boxing icons such as Gary O’Sullivan and Frank Buglioni, Conor’s boxing training started Crumlin Boxing Club under the coaching of two-time Olympian Phil Sutcliffe.
Before returning to the octagon at UFC 246 in January last year, his first UFC appearance since the loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov, McGregor resumed training at his boyhood club in Crumlin in 2019.