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Bradley sparring with McGregor

Tiernan Bradley pictured after sparring

YOUNG Omagh boxer Tiernan Bradley has been busy sparring with Conor McGregor ahead of next month’s mega bucks showdown with Floyd Mayweather Jr in Las Vegas.

Bradley went nine rounds with ‘The Notorious’ on Wednesday and was expected back in the ring today for another session with the two weight UFC champion.

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Last week the rumour mill went into overdrive when it emerged the 20-year-old Irish amateur star was set to hook up with the two weight UFC champion who is preparing for the August 26 multi-million blockbuster.

On Monday that it was made official- Bradley, a six times Irish champion, was to become one of three sparring partners for the ‘Notorious’ McGregor at his Straight Blast Gym in Dublin for the next two weeks.

After putting pen to paper Bradley said, “So it’s official!! I’m Team McGregor, contracts signed for the next two weeks I will be one of his three sparring partners down here in Dublin.

“Great opportunity to be apart of one of the biggest fight in combat sports history which should surpass all records.

“I will give my all to make sure McGregor is at his best so we can really make history.”

The Omagh boxer has a hugely impressive amateur record of 98 wins and is currently training hard in the hope of securing a place at the next Commonwealth Games.

His boxing style, in particular his defensive game, is similar to that of Mayweather and the McGregor camp were made aware that the talented southpaw competed in similar fashion to the man who won all 49 of his professional bouts.

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A former sparring partner of McGregor’s Conor Wallace also recommended Bradley as a like-for-like opponent. The Newry light heavyweight spent last summer in Las Vegas helping McGregor prepare for the rematch with Nate Diaz and was credited with playing a key role in the Dubliner’s revenge mission.

On Monday Bradley, who has represented Ireland on a number of occasions, met the McGregor camp and the rest as they say is history.

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