THROWBACK: Anthony Joshua Threatens to Knock Out Conor McGregor

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January 1, 2021 3:50 pm

Boxers calling out MMA fighters is quite common these days. However, Anthony Joshua vowing to knock out Conor McGregor can still raise several eyebrows in the combat community.

Well, it actually happened 3 years ago when McGregor lost his maiden boxing bout against Floyd Mayweather in 2017. Following a heated buildup, Mayweather and McGregor danced for 10 rounds inside the ring with the former claiming the win via TKO.

The outcome left Conor McGregor at the mercy of critics as several boxers ridiculed his performance. Anthony Joshua also jumped on the bandwagon as he offered his two cents on the same.

The Brit didn’t demean McGregor. Instead, it was friendly banter where Joshua hailed both fighters for stepping up for a crossover. However, he always had his favor for Mayweather and claimed to know the outcome much before the fight began.

Joshua connected with GQ to shed light on the fight and said, “I kind of knew Mayweather was going to win because he is one of the elites of the sport and I think you don’t bet against the house.”

He added, “Mayweather, you know, he is a winner at every stage of his career. So, I congratulate him for his excellence over what? 50 fights. Phenomenal.”

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According to Joshua, the fight changed the combat community, pointing it as a positive call for the sport. He also envisioned more-cross overs back then, and it’s actually happening now with a possible fight between Katie Taylor and Cris Cyborg.

Speaking on it, ‘AJ’ said, “This is fighting right. They changed the game. Now people want to start crossing over into different sports, I think it’s good.

“So, I think Conor (McGregor) was calling him out, saying he is the new facing and king of boxing and Mayweather had to defend his firm. So, he did it.”

Meanwhile, Joshua didn’t want to call out McGregor in the first place. But after several such questions, he called out the Irish powerhouse in a hilarious way and vowed to knock him out if they ever cross paths.

LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 26: (R-L) Floyd Mayweather Jr. throws a punch at Conor McGregor during their super welterweight boxing match on August 26, 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Joshua said, “He is a different weight (laughs). Conor, I will knock you out.” A lot has changed since then. Conor McGregor, who initially desired to remain in boxing, has returned to the UFC.

Floyd Mayweather is also busy now as he will fight YouTuber Logan Paul in a special exhibition fight in 2021 and Anthony Joshua is quite busy with his upcoming title fights.

So, the call out only remains as a fond memory to all the combat fans.

Raj Sarkar

A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years. Sarkar has previously written for Republic. Given his extensive coverage of 'the sweet science', Sarkar has become a die-hard fan of the legendary pugilist Canelo Alvarez. However, he believes there will be no one greater than a prime Roberto Duran.

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