This weekend promises a huge bill of top notch boxing action with some of Britain’s biggest names stepping into the ring.
Tony Bellew, Chris Eubank Jr, Luke Campbell and Kevin Mitchell are all on the support card as Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte go head-to-head at London’s O2 Arena but despite the strength in depth on that bill, boxing could lose further ground in the ongoing popularity war with the UFC.
MMA’s flagship organisation is set to host its biggest ever bout – with the gate estimated to earn £6m – as interim Featherweight champion Conor McGregor finally steps into the octagon to face Brazil’s Jose Aldo.
The fight has been a long time coming, with Aldo pulling out due to injury last time the bout was scheduled, and the prolonged preamble has given the Irishman plenty of time to master his trash talking.
And he has done exactly that, sometimes to the displeasure of the sport’s fans, with outburst s that make Tyson Fury seem like a mild-mannered gentleman.
The 27-year-old has been scathing in his put downs, often crossing the line, and here are some of the printable barbs from the Dubliner.
“You see fear in my eyes? You see nothing in my eyes you little skinny ass Brazilian.”
“I own Rio de Janeiro, so for him to say he is the King and I am the joker, if this was a different time I would invade his favela on horseback and kill anyone that was not fit to work, but we are in a new time so I’ll whoop his ass.”
“This guy is a dead man walking, that’s who this guy is.”
“I smell fear in him. It’s a beautiful aroma that arouses me.”
“He went and saw a gynaecologist and it turns out he could not fight.”
And as if a war of words wasn’t enough, McGregor appeared to headbutt Aldo at the press conference face-off earlier this month to ensure a feisty bout on December 12.
The time for talking and gesticulating is almost over and on Saturday we will see who can deliver.
Aldo is the marginal underdog at 11/10 and McGregor can be backed at 8/11 but if the Irishman really does have the power to back up his claims then the 6/5 on a McGregor win by knockout or technical knockout could prove the value pick.
Here’s hoping he’s gracious in victory if he does win!
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