Conor McGregor has made a massive donation to his former boxing gym.
According to Crumlin Boxing Club social media, the UFC legend has donated €1,000,000 (£890,000) to help make Dublin’s famous training space the ‘best boxing club on the planet’ .
The club captioned a recent TikTok video: “Conor McGregor paid €1,000,000 to extend Crumlin Boxing Club making it the best boxing club on the planet and top 3 trainers as well, Philip, Bra and Stephen.”
McGregor’s ‘gift to the club’ will primarily help them add two more floors to the site, but will also be used to put in place facilities that will help them compete with the best gyms in the world.
Since his MMA debut in 2008, McGregor has trained at Straight Blast Gym in Ireland under John Kavanagh who has helped him achieve great things in the sport.
Prior to getting into MMA, McGregor learned how to punch at the Crumlin Boxing Club and he always had a strong relationship with the gym despite his incredible success in combat sports.
The 34-year-old has returned to his old stomping grounds sporadically over the years to train with Phil Sutcliffe who he credits with teaching him the basics of boxing which he still uses today.
McGregor told Irish Boxing in 2020: “Phil Sutcliffe is a phenomenal boxing trainer and my time under Phil at the Crumlin Boxing Club I learned so many fundamentals that I still carry with me today.
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“I learned so many moves from Phil and the coaching staff there and the fight with Phil Sutcliffe Jnr on my debut was phenomenal, it took me to the next level that I feel.”
After making those comments, McGregor topped Forbes’ 2021 list of highest-paid athletes.
The former two-weight UFC champion made $180m (£127m) in a year thanks to a combination of his fighting skills and business acumen.
McGregor was on the list again a year later, but dropped to 35e after suffering an injury in his only fight that has sidelined him ever since.
“Mystic Mac” recently spent time at the Crumlin Boxing Club as he ramps up his preparations for a highly anticipated comeback fight later this year.
It seems that this visit inspired him to share his wealth with the people who helped him before he became one of the most famous sports stars on the planet.