Molly McCann reveals her boxing dream on Katie Taylor’s undercard after UFC glory

UFC fighter Molly McCann

McCann plans to move into boxing at some point in his career (Picture: Getty)

Molly McCann hopes to fulfill a career dream by switching to boxing and sharing a fight card with Katie Taylor, but only after she has pursued glory in the UFC Octagon.

The 31-year-old is back in action against Hannah Goldy when the UFC returns to London on Saturday at the O2 Arena, the scene of her devastating knockout victory over Luana Carolina in March.

That reverse-spin elbow stunned the home crowd and turned McCann’s “world” “upside down,” according to Liverpudlian, who sealed his second straight win after suffering back-to-back losses that briefly left his future with promotion uncertain.

McCann still has world title ambitions and after seven fights with the promotion in which she was “learning on the job” in many of them, she remains focused on forcing her way into that image.

Watching Talia Santos, who outpointed the Briton in July 2020, lead Valentina Shevchenko to a split decision in a flyweight title clash last month, has been further inspiration as she looks to take another step up the ladder.

“The win over Carolina gave me the notoriety that I think I deserved, that people really hadn’t seen,” McCann said.

‘I have found my rhythm and my style now at the highest level. There were so many people who doubted me on that. I knew I was just biding my time and I would get the ending and it has taken me around the world and back. He taught me to dance with the devil. There has been a lot of growth from that.

UFC Fight Night: McCann v Carolina

McCann secured an impressive KO victory in London in March (Picture: Getty)

‘Anyone who fights in the UFC is aiming for that belt. No one is there believing they can’t touch it. Someone I fought who beat me two rounds to one during lockdown [Santos] He just fought for the title.

‘That gave me a lot of confidence to know that I am the elite, I am of that level. I feel that now I have learned enough at work. Without getting ahead and staying focused, the rewards will come.’

McCann focused on chasing UFC glory for now (Picture: Getty)

The crossover between the worlds of boxing and MMA remains a compelling option for many fighters with three-weight world champion Claressa Shields now aiming to replicate her impressive achievements in the ring with the PFL with Holly Holm winning titles in both disciplines. .

‘Meatball’ shares the same ambition of having boxed as an amateur and works alongside Joe McNally, the trainer who counts former world champion Liam Smith among his fighters.

McCann is regularly seen ringside at UK shows and says she has already been on the ear of Eddie Hearn about her own move. While there is no immediate rush, her ultimate dream is to share a show with Irish icon Taylor, who further enhanced her legendary status with a sensational victory over Amanda Serrano in New York in May.

Hope remains that a rematch will take place in Ireland in 2023, where the unified lightweight champion hasn’t fought since turning pro six years ago and McCann is determined to be a part of the show.

“Of course,” McCann said when asked if he hoped to one day switch to boxing. I’ve talked to Eddie about it myself. My boxing trainer is Liam Smith’s trainer, he’s Thomas Whittaker Hart’s trainer, JJ Metcalf’s trainer… I’m in good hands for that. But first things first, I’m not losing sight of what the goal is.

‘The dream, one that I put in my goals as I write it, is Katie Taylor’s last fight at Croke Park and I would like to be on the card. I think we’re years away because I just can’t see her letting up. But I would very much like to do that.’

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