Conor McGregor Shadow Boxes Ringside While Watching Michael Conlan’s Debut

Irish Olympian and boxer Michael Conlan has made his professional debut in the ring over the weekend, facing off against Tim Ibarra at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York over the weekend.

As the number 1 ranked boxer in Ireland, Conlan managed to capture an Olympic bronze medal in 2012, as well as a World Championships gold medal in 2015. The young fighter has been a staunch supporter of UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor as he made his way toward multiple titles in mixed martial arts, and now it seems McGregor has been there to return the support, walking his friend to the ring as he made his debut.

Standing cage side on St Patrick’s Day, McGregor called for Conlan to work his jab numerous times, shadow boxing and feinting as he watched his friend box his way to a TKO victory over Ibarra in the third round.

“Don’t back down Michael, use the jab,” yelled McGregor through his hands as the crowd of Irish fans roared “The Fields of Athenry”, almost drowning out McGregor’s voice. McGregor may never have boxed professionally, but he’s certainly had a lot of boxing training of late. The mixed martial artist is currently eyeing off a boxing super fight with veteran boxer Floyd Mayweather.

Ever enthusiastic, McGregor bobbed and weaved as he watching Conlan work, standing in front of a burly security guard who eventually tried to move the mixed martial arts superstar onward to a seat ringside. McGregor wasn’t having it though, as excited as he was, standing back and showing off some of his own boxing prowess.

McGregor then joined his fellow Irishman in the ring to celebrate his first win as a professional boxer. No doubt there will be more wins to come, with C

Speaking with Independent.ie, Conlan noted how much pressure he’d been under coming into the fight. “It was nerve-wracking but I think I handled the pressure well for my debut fight,” Conlan said following the bout. “I took my time and got the stoppage. I’ll never forget this night for the rest of my life. I’m proud.”

“It was beautiful work. You got the win and the win is the most important thing,” chimed in McGregor.

Just who will we see in the ring next? While Conlan may take a short break after his first professional win, fans are still waiting on news of McGregor’s next bout, and whether or not he will end up facing Floyd Mayweather sometime this year. Check out the video of McGregor shadowboxing below and let us know what you think!