World well-known boxing coach and analyst Teddy Atlas has nearly all there’s to see in and out of the fight sports activities enviornment.
Atlas, 66, has labored the corners of some boxing’s largest stars of the previous 40 years, Michael Moorer and Barry McGuigan included, however has currently developed a eager eye for combined martial arts as he transplants a long time of boxing expertise from a hoop to a cage. And forward of the return of Conor McGregor later this yr in a soon-to-be-confirmed bout reverse Michael Chandler, Atlas says that fight sports activities will quickly be reacquainted with one in every of it’s biggest-ever stars.
“I count on the return of the king,” mentioned Atlas to TheMacLife final weekend in Las Vegas. “After I say that, I imply the man’s a pioneer. I talked about [Muhammad] Ali — I believe it’s truthful to match them just a little bit — as a result of Conor introduced the game … to a different degree, and Ali did that too.
“So after I say return of the king, I imply a man that… no-one has promoted themselves like him. No person each promoted themselves like Ali. There was just one, and there’s just one Conor. Yeah I do know he’s older, he’s coming off a horrific harm and two straight losses — I get it. I don’t know if he’s the identical fighter, I’m at all times going to talk truthfully. However I do know he’s nonetheless Conor McGregor.
“After I take my grandson to the zoo, there’s solely factor that at all times stays the identical, that by no means will get previous. what that’s? When he sees the lion. When he hears the roar, that by no means will get previous. There’s just one lion — and there’s just one Conor McGregor.”
The precise particulars of McGregor’s return have but to be confirmed. He and opponent Michael Chandler are presently in Las Vegas the place they’re filming the newest season of the UFC’s long-running actuality collection ‘The Final Fighter’, forward of their very own combat within the Octagon later in 2023.