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Farooq: McGregor rematch could happen by the end of the year

Farooq takes on WBC International champion, Espinoza on Saturday's Benn-Vargas bill

Kash Farooq says a rematch with Lee McGregor could be on the cards for later this year Photo Credit: SNS
Kash Farooq says a rematch with Lee McGregor could be on the cards for later this year Photo Credit: SNS

Kash Farooq insists a rematch with Lee McGregor is a possibility for the end of the year and admits it has become a bigger fight.

Farooq (14-1, 6 KOs) returns to the fold against Alexander Espinoza on Saturday night at the SSE Arena on the undercard of Conor Benn’s clash with Samuel Vargas, live on Sky Sports and DAZN.

The 25-year-old Bantamweight lost his Lonsdale belt and undefeated record on a split decision to his compatriot in November 2019, who retained his Commonwealth crown.

McGregor has since added the European crown to his collection, ripping away the title from Karim Guerfi with a ruthless first round stoppage victory last month and ‘Untouchable’ believes an eagerly-anticipated rematch could happen by the end of 2021.

“It was a good performance,” Farooq told proboxing-fans.com.

“He blew him out of the water in the first round and that’s it to be honest.

Kash Farooq impressed on his Matchroom debut against Angel Aviles to secure the WBA Continental belt Photo Credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing
Kash Farooq impressed on his Matchroom debut against Angel Aviles to secure the WBA Continental belt Photo Credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing

“He caught him cold and he never really recovered and yeah it’s [made it] a bigger fight, things are moving forward.

“But I’ve got my fight to focus on April 10 and that’s what’s on my mind. If that fight’s after this one, then so be it.

“But my mind is just on April 10 and that’s it. I just take it a fight at a time and that’s me.

 

“There’s a lot of things behind it. He needs to be happy with the offers and if his management team is happy and it comes down to my management team being happy as well.

“But it could happen end of this year. Fingers crossed things get back to a wee bit of normality, fans are back it would be great.

McGregor stopped Karim Guerfi in emphatic fashion to become European champion in March Photo Credit: Scott Rawsthorne/MTK Global
McGregor stopped Karim Guerfi in emphatic fashion to become European champion in March Photo Credit: Scott Rawsthorne/MTK Global

“It is a big fight, it would be great if it did happen, 100%.

“I’m hoping fingers crossed if I keep winning, if he keeps winning we can obviously get that fight on in the future.”

McGregor holds the British, Commonwealth and European Bantamweight titles Photo Credit: Scott Rawsthorne/MTK Global
McGregor holds the British, Commonwealth and European Bantamweight titles Photo Credit: Scott Rawsthorne/MTK Global

Farooq put in a masterful performance last time out, with a shutout victory over Angel Aviles in November to claim the vacant WBA Continental title.

The Glasgow man will look to boost his WBC ranking this Saturday when he meets Espinoza (20-2-2, 8 KOs) for his WBC International Silver Bantamweight belt and the former British champion is expecting the Nicaraguan to pose him a stiff test.

“You expect it to be a hard fight and you expect him to come and bring it,” Farooq added.

“You expect that in every fight, every fight an opponent to come and win and bring the best out of you.

“I don’t overthink things, I plan it in my head and it’s going to be a hard fight.

Farooq alongside promoter Eddie Hearn Photo Credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing
Farooq alongside promoter Eddie Hearn Photo Credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing

“I know he’s going to be there all night, he’s going to try and find the best he can and try winning, so my job is to obviously not let him do that.”

Watch the full interview with Kash Farooq below reflecting on his last fight, sparring Dennis McCann and more:

 

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