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How can Conor McGregor beat Floyd Mayweather? Kick him! Tony Bellew dismisses UFC star's chances

Tony Bellew has warned Conor McGregor the only way he can beat Floyd Mayweather is by kicking him.

The UFC star will make his professional boxing debut against the best fighter of his generation on August 26.

But Bellew has slammed the lack of respect being shown ahead of the £500million Las Vegas showdown.

He said: “So little respect is being shown to boxing by people thinking a man from a different profession can walk into my sport and say I’m going to beat the best fighter of this generation; it’s not possible.

“Mayweather is the greatest fighter of his era and there’s no chance a man having his first professional fight is going to defeat him.

“I love Conor McGregor, and I am a huge UFC fan, but no UFC fighter is ever going to be able to get into a boxing ring and make it competitive.

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McGregor can’t do this against Mayweather…

“McGregor’s only chance is if he kicks him. If he doesn’t kick him, he’s f*****.”

Lightweight champion McGregor has propelled himself to the top of the UFC by knocking out seven of his 10 opponents.

But Bellew, speaking on behalf of Betsafe, believes the Irishman is set to exprience a whole new level of power – even against the 40-year-old Mayweather.

He added: “I remember when UFC heavyweight Cheick Kongo was over here training.

“He must have weighed over 250lb and sparring Tony Quigley who was the British super-middleweight champion.

“He hit Cheick on the chin with a punch and Cheick’s words were, ‘I’ve never been hit so hard in my life.’

Mayweather will be a different proposition for McGregor

“That was from a super-middleweight at British level; can you imagine what will happen when it’s an elite-level fighter?

“If this was in a cage, Mayweather would be tapping so fast you’d think he was tap-dancing, but it’s in a boxing ring and he’s going to hit McGregor so fast and so hard and so many times that he’s not going to know where the punches are coming from. He’s never seen speed like it.

“I’ve had a couple of MMA guys come to the gym for sparring but it wasn’t pretty – and I was taking it easy. I know top-level amateurs who would out box and beat up Conor McGregor.

“I do respect McGregor for taking the UFC to the next level but he’s had it.”

Tony Bellew is a Betsafe ambassador. Find out more at www.betsafe.com

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