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Talented Tiernan joins Conor McGregor camp ahead of Las Vegas blockbuster

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Talented Tiernan joins Conor McGregor camp ahead of Las Vegas blockbuster thumbnailTalented young Omagh boxer, Tiernan Bradley, has been chosen to spar with Conor McGregor ahead of the superstar's blockbuster showdown with Floyd Mayweather Jnr.

A TALENTED young boxer from Omagh has been given the opportunity of a lifetime after being invited into Conor McGregor's camp ahead of the superstar's blockbuster showdown with Floyd Mayweather Jnr.

Tiernan Bradley, 20, who represents Sacred Heart Boxing Club, will be one of three sparring partners for McGregor, who is preparing for a multi-mllion pound match-up in Las Vegas on August 26. Tiernan travelled to Dublin on Sunday night and will spend two weeks at the Straight Blast Gym.

The young Omagh man is a 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games silver medallist and 2017 Irish elite semi-finalist. He was recommended to McGregor by his good friend, Conor Wallace - who is a former sparring partner of the superstar - as he boxes in a "similar style" to Mayweather.

Speaking to the Tyrone Constitution from Dublin, Tiernan said the news is still sinking in.

"McGregor wanted someone with a similar style to Mayweather and I was recommended as an ideal sparring partner," Tiernan said.

"It all happened so quickly. I received the call on Thursday, and it was such a surreal feeling. It is a great privilege for me to be compared to Mayweather. I have looked up to him since I was 10 years old. I have always loved his style. So it's completely mad that I am now in the opposite corner, plotting his downfall!"

Despite his admiration for Mayweather, one of the greatest boxers of all time with a record of 49-0, Tiernan said he is "100 per cent" behind McGregor.

"It is just surreal to be apart of this experience. It is a complete honour to be on a fellow Irishman's journey to the absolute top."

Speaking about the atmosphere in McGregor's gym, Tiernan said it was "cold".

"I haven't had the opportunity to spar with Conor just yet, but I will be later this week. I have been chatting to one of the other guys who said being in the ring with him was quite intimidating. There's a cold atmosphere in the gym.

"To be honest, I do feel quite intimidated, but I can't let Conor know that. He has that sixth sense. He will feed on someone who fears him."

Continuing, Tiernan admits it's the perfect opportunity for his own career to advance to the next level.

"It's fantastic exposure for me. To be involved with the world's biggest fight is incredible. Conor is one of the biggest names, he's on the tip of everyone's tongue, and it's incredible to be involved."

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