Vasyl Lomachenko says he would defeat 'showman' Conor McGregor in boxing match

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Vasyl Lomachenko would have 'no problem' defeating Conor McGregor in a boxing match, according to the man himself.

The current WBA and WBO lightweight champion has completely dismissed the recently retired UFC fighter's skills in the sport.

McGregor famously made his professional boxing debut against Floyd Mayweather and largely exceeded expectations by making it to the tenth round, when he was stopped.

But Lomachenko, who is defending his titles against Anthony Crolla this weekend, believes McGregor was not good enough to make it as a boxing professional.

"No, I don’t think [he’s a good boxer]," he told TMZ Sports. "He might be a good boxer in an amateur career, amateur boxing. Three rounds, three minutes, one minute rest, maybe he is good. But in professional boxing? No.

"He is a showman, he's not an athlete. He's making money."

Lomachenko did not rule out the possibility of fighting McGregor in the future and even said he would be willing to raise his weight to 145kg to match the Irishman.

"I can beat him easy. I enjoy this fight."

He appeared to disparage Lomachenko's own ability as a boxer in the build-up to the fight in 2017 and dismissed the Ukrainian's offer to be his sparring partner.

“First of all, he’s 120lbs,” he said at the time. "Second of all, he’s a southpaw. He’s very skilled, but he’s not applicable for this camp. Third of all, I’m more of a [Guillermo] Rigondeaux man, myself.”

McGregor announced his retirement from mixed martial arts on March 26, just under six months after his last fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov ended in defeat at UFC 229.

If he does decide to return to boxing, it would appear he has at least one willing volunteer for his next encounter.

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