Boxers, Trainers & Pundits
Last Updated: 22/08/17 8:54am
Ahead of UFC star Conor McGregor entering a boxing ring to take on Floyd Mayweather, we asked our panel of experts which boxer would best make the switch in the opposite direction…
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I would pick Rocky Marciano because he was a real roughhouse and liked that style of fighting. He’s the one holding the 49-0 record, if you look back at the history, it’s so impressive the fights he had to come through, especially ones where he had to climb off the floor.
It wasn’t about skill back then as much, but who was the toughest and roughest, who could bite down on the gum shield the best and come through rough patches.
George Foreman would be my choice. He’s an absolute beast, an animal who was freakishly strong and powerful when in the boxing ring.
Whether it is in boxing or MMA, if Foreman catches you with a big shot then it’s likely you’re knocked out. You only need to have a look at how many people he stopped during his career.
I am going to say Wladimir Klitschko – and not just because he’s retired from boxing! I just see him as the one who can adjust to the discipline quicker than anyone. He was a successful kickboxer as well.
At his peak – and not a million miles away from his Wembley display – he had fast legs, fast hands and he could tie fighters up. And punch.
I would go for someone like Roberto Duran. He was a vicious animal in the ring and very good on the inside. He was also a boxer who could always fight dirty if he had to and find a way to win.
For a fighter to go from lightweight up to super-middleweight, fighting the likes of Sugar Ray Leonard, you’ve got to have a certain level of toughness about you.
Do you fancy getting in the octagon with Anthony Joshua? He’s huge and if he caught you with a shot with 4oz gloves on, you are bang in trouble.
From the past, someone like Naseem Hamed. He had that explosive power and unorthodox style where he was jumping from all over the place, coming up with big uppercuts. When a cage fighter was going to lunge forward, you can imagine Hamed throwing a big uppercut.
I would back myself to get in the cage. I can wrestle, I can grapple, I punch hard, I can kick and I’ve got some kickboxing experience.
Bellew: Bring on Bisping
Tony Bellew would happily enter a cage or a ring and would be open to facing Michael Bisping.
You can forget about me getting in the cage with someone like Jon Jones [UFC light-heavyweight champion] – not a chance, but with a puncher, why not?
I suppose everyone said Mike Tyson, so I am going to go for Steve Collins. He was rock hard, he could take a shot and he had more skills than people give him credit for.
The Irish support would be right behind him, which would help, and having watched Collins beat Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank, I just think he would like it in the octagon!
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