Why boxer released viral video revealing McGregor’s ring skills

Sunday, June 18, 2017

When Conor McGregor was preparing for the rematch with Nate Diaz, he brought in lanky former IBO and IBF welterweight boxing champion Chris Van Heerden for some sparring. Then McGregor’s team released edited footage of the session, making it appear as if the two were on equal footing while boxing.

They weren’t and aren’t, as made plain when Van Heerden posted unedited footage of the sparring.

Van Heerden appeared on ESPN recently and was asked why he posted the video, which went viral.

“Because people are tweeting and talking and telling me that Mayweather has his hands full landing on Conor McGregor,” said Van Heerden, as transcribed by MMA Fighting. “I’m a professional fighter — boxer. And I’m standing up for the sport. I was just making it very clear that, don’t be ridiculous. If I could land, don’t tell me Floyd Mayweather is not gonna land.”

“This is just a platform to prove that in boxing, a mixed martial artist taking on a boxer in the world of a boxer, you’re not gonna beat a boxer in boxing taking him on if you come from mixed martial arts.”

“It would be ridiculous for me to say he has no opportunity, he has no chance. Yes, he has a slight chance of pulling it off. He’s a fighter, he’s a mixed martial artist. He can land one big punch. It can happen. This is fighting, it’s two men in the ring. The opportunity is there. He doesn’t have a zero chance of beating or causing the biggest upset in the sport. Yes, he has. In my opinion and I’m gonna stick by it and I’m not afraid to say it, there’s no way he’s beating Mayweather.

“I have nothing but respect for McGregor. There’s no bad blood. I think [he’s] phenomenal. And being a southpaw, it’s gonna work in his favor. He’s got the power to do it. I wasn’t fazed by his power, I wasn’t hurt. But again, we didn’t have 10-ounce gloves on and he’s got some small chance of causing an upset.”

“I’m not a Conor McGregor sparring partner. I was not part of the camp. I wasn’t paid to help Conor McGregor. I’m not a sparring partner, I’m a world-rated fighter. I helped him, because I saw the platform. I knew the Conor McGregor-Mayweather thing was gonna pull off, because the energy, the vibes, it was gonna happen. It was gonna happen. And I took advantage.”

“McGregor is a phenomenal athlete. He’s ruling the UFC. Absolutely, I believe he did put in training and he’s still putting in training and yes, he got better. Definitely better. I’m not saying he’s bad. I’m just laying it out as it is.”

And in addition to correcting misleading editing and standing up for his sport, Van Heerden would like to box Lamont Peterson on the McGregor-Mayweather undercard.