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Conor McGregor ‘fully expects’ to box again and says he is open to fighting anyone including Mayweather and Pacquiao



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CONOR MCGREGOR revealed he “fully expects” to box again – prepared to face ANYONE.

The UFC icon was famously stopped by Floyd Mayweather in the tenth round when he made his professional boxing debut in 2017.

 Conor McGregor could take on Floyd Mayweather for the second time
Conor McGregor could take on Floyd Mayweather for the second timeCredit: Rex Features

But the Irish hardman fuelled rumours earlier in the year that he will step back into the boxing ring one day.

Speaking to Bleacher Report in March, the 31-year-old said: “I am willing to fight anyone and have proved that time and time again.

“I look for a good scrap, and if it isn’t going to be that, I have no interest.

“The money is not why I do this.

“I am a very rich man, and my children and those that come after them will be just fine.

“I love the fight game. I learned may things boxing in Crumlin where I grew up, and my deep love is why I do this today.

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“I will be in Octagon again soon and fully expect to box again.

“You need to stay tuned – but trust me, the fans will enjoy.

“Giving them what they want and entertaining them is important to me.”

McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh also claimed he would return to boxing within 18 months.

And Manny Pacquiao fuelled speculation that he would fight McGregor when he joined the same management company as him.

But McGregor’s boxing return took a blow after his third retirement in four years.

Since then the former two-division UFC champion has hinted at a comeback after posting a “stay ready” comment on Instagram.

UFC president Dana White has been forced to again confirm the southpaw is retired, but admits the possibility of a return with the fighter still in the anti-doping testing pool.

 Conor McGregor lost his professional boxing debut to Floyd Mayweather
Conor McGregor lost his professional boxing debut to Floyd MayweatherCredit: Getty Images – Getty
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12am Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Dan James to Leeds EXCLUSIVE, Jadon Sancho deal expected, Sergio Romero EXCLUSIVE




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Donny Van de Beek reckons United’s performance was “not good enough” following the team’s 3-1 surprise loss to Crystal.

The Old Trafford debutant scored his side’s only goal in his first Premier League game for the Red Devils.

The former Ajax came off the bench to net for United in the 67th minute.

Van de Beek told MUTV: “‘That was not good enough today. Last week in training, it looked really good.

“There was lots of quality and we played fast but today we played too slowly.”

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US Open leader Matthew Wolff and his crazy swing primed to become youngest Major winner since Tiger Woods 23 years ago




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US OPEN leader Matthew Wolff – the man with the crazy swing – is primed to become the youngest Major winner since Tiger Woods.

American Wolff, who will be 21 years, five months and six days old in Sunday’s final round, holds a two shot lead at Winged Foot.

Wolff takes a two shot lead into the final round of the US Open


Wolff takes a two shot lead into the final round of the US OpenCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Woods, a 15-time Major champion, was 21 years, three months and 14 days when he won the 1997 Masters.

But lurking behind Wolff is a stellar cast including second placed Bryson DeChambeau, former Open champion Loius Oosthuizen and Rory McIlroy.

Wolff fired a stunning third-round five-under 65 – the lowest of the day by two shots – at the brutal New York course to have him dreaming of his first victory in a big one.

But he will need to trust his unconventional swing in the most intense pressure to prevail.

Wolff’s weird action starts before he takes the club back, when he presses the grip forward and bends his knees.

Then he picks the club up steeply with his left heel way off the floor.

The downswing is poetry in motion though and the action saw him become one of the top US college players before he claimed his first PGA Tour victory in July last year – just a month after turning pro.

Amazingly, this is only the second Major Wolff has played in.

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He finished tied fourth in the last one – last month’s USPGA – after a thrilling final round charge.

Collin Morikawa won that at the ripe old age of 23.

DeChambeau – who eats 6,000 calories a day to fuel his monster hitting – fired a solid 70 to finish two shots behind Wolff on three under – two ahead of 2010 Claret Jug winner Oosthuizen in third.

Behind him is Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama, well backed American Xander Schauffele and fellow US star Harris English.

But well within touching distance is four-time Major champ McIlroy – who was in bullish mood about mounting a huge charge.

McIlroy repaired the damage inflicted by his demoralising second round 76 as he summoned up an eight shot improvement in round three to sit on one over.

And the 31-year-old insisted a first Major victory since his 2014 USPGA triumph is a realistic target.

McIlroy insists he still has a chance from six back


McIlroy insists he still has a chance from six backCredit: EPA

He said: “I’m feeling pretty good that I’ve got a good chance going into the final round. If I go out there tomorrow and shoot another 68, I won’t be too far away

“From watching the early starters I felt the key today was to try to play the first five holes in even par, then in the middle section of the round you could make a couple of birdies, and try to hang on coming in.

“I executed the game plan really well. I relied on my short game when I had to, and made some nice putts. Geez, I think anything under par on this golf course today is a really good score.

“And now I feel like I’m right back in it. I feel for anyone who is within six shots of the lead going into the final round, that’s not a lot on this golf course. I don’t think that’s out of it by any stretch of the imagination.

“Someone gets off to a decent start – hopefully me – maybe one or two under through five and then the leader goes the other way, one or two over through five, and all of a sudden you’re right in the thick of things.

“We’ll see what happens, but I definitely feel like I’ve got a pretty good shot.”

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UFC Fight Night – Covington vs Woodley FREE: UK start time, live stream, TV channel, prelims for TONIGHT’s huge card




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COLBY Covington and Tyron Woodley face-off in the main event of UFC Fight Night 178 this weekend.

This is the final match-up before UFC goes back to Abu Dhabi for a host of major duels.

Woodley and Covington have been wanting to fight since 2018


Woodley and Covington have been wanting to fight since 2018Credit: Getty Images – Getty

What TV Channel is UFC 178 on?

The fight will be shown on BT Sport 1.

It can be live streamed on BT Sport’s website and app.

They will start their prelims at 11pm BST.

Earlier prelims will be shown on UFC’s Fight Pass for subscribers as normal.

In the US, all prelims can be watched on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ in English and Spanish.

How can I watch UFC 178 for FREE?

EE mobile customers can get a FREE three-month trial of BT Sport by texting SPORT to 150.

You can then cancel the trial at any time.

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What is the fight card?

Main card (BT Sport 1, 1am Sunday)

  • Colby Covington vs. Tyron Woodley, Welterweight
  • Donald Cerrone vs. Niko Price, Welterweight
  • Khamzat Chimaev vs. Gerald Meerschaert, Middleweight
  • Johnny Walker vs. Ryan Spann, Light Heavyweight
  • Mackenzie Dern vs. Randa Markos, Women’s Strawweight
  • Kevin Holland vs. Darren Stewart, Middleweight

Preliminary Card (BT Sport 1, 11pm Saturday)

  • Mirsad Bektic vs. Luiz Garagorri, Featherweight
  • Mayra Bueno Silva vs. Mara Romero Borella, Women’s Flyweight
  • Jordan Espinosa vs. David Dvorak, Flyweight
  • Jessica-Rose Clark vs. Sarah Alpar, Women’s Bantamweight
  • Journey Newson vs. Randy Costa, Bantamweight
  • Andre Ewell vs. Irwin Rivera, Bantamweight
  • Darrick Minner vs. T.J. Laramie, Featherweight

What have they said?

Woodley has warned Covington that he is willing to strike him illegally to win the bout.

He has implied that he will not be in control of his hands and they could land anywhere in the fight, including his opponent’s groin.

He said: “I’ll let them go upside his head, body. I might even punch in the sack for the warning, bap. I will take the warning or even the point deduction, I feel good guys.”

The pair were first supposed to fight when Woodley was champion in 2018.

But both men accused the other of not taking up the offer.

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