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Kamaru Usman will struggle against Conor McGregor in boxing, says Teddy Atlas

LockerRoom Team
27 December 2021

Talks about a potential matchup between Kamaru Usman and Conor McGregor have been making rounds on the internet for quite some time now.

While an MMA match between Usman and McGregor could give Usman the edge, boxing analyst Teddy Atlas believes that in a pure boxing match, McGregor could take home the win. Atlas discussed the same during his recent interview with The Schmo and went on to detail why he picked McGregor over Usman.

"Could [Usman] win... If you throw him in there with a B-level guy or even a good journeyman guy? No, I don't want to upset anyone, especially on Christmas Eve, but as long as the rules are strictly boxing, no he wouldn't be able to have tremendous success there. McGregor had some great success with the great [Floyd] Mayweather, that was for a few reasons,” Atlas said (h/t Mirror).

He further went on to add that McGregor was ahead of Floyd Mayweather at times when the two fought.

"One was that Mayweather was 40, he'd been off for two-and-a-half years and another reason is that styles make fights. McGregor was fighting a guy who's a counter-puncher that's going to give him some room and let him perform a little bit. He's not going to go in and be a seek-and-destroy missile, he wasn't going to be a guy like Spence or a go-get-you type of guy who would be aggressive and go right after him. McGregor was ahead, I know people are going to choke on their pecan pie that you're having right now, but he was ahead after four rounds. I was there for ESPN calling the fights and I was there with the great Chael Sonnen, sitting ringside and after four rounds he was ahead,” Atlas added.

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When concluding, Atlas said that the success of Usman in boxing would depend on the style that his team picks.

"And for Usman, if they picked the right style that would have a lot to do with what kind of success or lack thereof he would have in boxing. But he couldn't just come in, you have to be honest because he doesn't have one area where you could say 'he's real cute, he's real elusive'”, he concluded.

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