Conor McGregor criticised for landing 'cheap' shot in Dublin boxing match

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Conor McGregor's opponent in last week's amateur boxing match, Michael McGrane, has claimed that instead of touching gloves, the UFC star aimed a cheap shot at him.

The pair fought in a low-key bout of four rounds last week at the Crumlin Boxing Club in the Republic of Ireland capital.

However, McGrane, who is an amateur in the sport and works an electrician in his day job, has claimed that the referee sided with McGregor and allowed the Irishman to get away with a punch instead of touching each other’s gloves in order to get the match underway.

Of course, this isn't McGregor's first foray into the boxing world after he fought Floyd Mayweather in Los Angeles back in August 2017, a scrap that he lost.

And he has caused controversy again by going landing a cheap shot to McGrane’s eye almost as soon as the pair touched gloves at the start of the fight.

Video footage shows McGregor’s opponent’s initial reaction after being struck on the head by the punch.

Following on from his fight, McGrane claimed that McGregor used a 'cheap' shot on him and argued that the referee was on the side of the UFC fighter.

"It was the cheapest shot I ever caught in my life.

"You're meant to go back to your corner, but Conor never went back to his corner.

"The ref was on his side. There's no way I would have won that fight unless I knocked him out."

McGregor has previously teased that he would be open to a boxing return following his efforts in the ring and in the octagon

He said: “I love the sport of boxing.

“Boxing has been dear to my heart my entire life. I will contend in boxing bouts going forward.”

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