Terence Crawford channels Khabib Nurmagomedov for living room wrestling match after boxing champion was previously linked with Conor McGregor fight
Terence Crawford showed that he still has plenty of his old wrestling skillset in the bank as he took on a friend in his living room this week.
The WBO welterweight world champion – who will face Kell Brook on November 14 – channelled his inner Khabib Nurmagomedov as he twice forced his pal to tap out.
Khabib is set to defend his lightweight title against Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 this weekend, live on talkSPORT 2.
And Crawford himself has previously been linked with a crossover bout inside the octagon.
Back in January, promoter Bob Arum explained to the TalkBox podcast: “Crawford has a background in wrestling and would not be averse to fighting McGregor with MMA rules.
“That’s something that has occurred to us in the last couple of days and we will be pursuing that with [UFC president] Dana White.”
Arum later told reporters: “It’s not fair to the UFC and to Conor McGregor to say, ‘Let him fight this fighter, that fighter, but only in boxing.’
“Terence Crawford will do McGregor in the Octagon and then three months later in the boxing ring.
“The Octagon would be first because I don’t want them to think we’re playing around.
“Terence Crawford is a really tough dude who has a wrestling background.
“Crawford would not be lost in the octagon. He is, I think, a world class wrestler, so let’s see.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if Crawford pins McGregor in an MMA fight.
“I think Crawford’s a better wrestler than McGregor.”
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