Boxing icon Lenny McLean would’ve beaten McGregor in UFC fight, insists son

The son of boxing icon Lenny McLean believes his father would have beaten Conor McGregor in a UFC fight.

Lenny, who passed away aged 49 in 1998, was an unlicensed boxer who reputedly competed in over 4,000 fights across three decades.

‘The Guv’nor’, as he was known, is even said to have sent out challenges to the likes of Muhammed Ali back in the day.

And according to Lenny's son, Jamie, the Bexley brawler would have been more than a match for UFC star McGregor too.

Jamie, who is an actor and producer, made the claim in an exclusive interview with Fiaz Rafik, author of To The Top: Enter the Octagon, The Ring and Entertainment.

He said: “He was very, very fast. His hand speed was phenomenal. I think He would have done really well in the UFC.

“My dad against Conor McGregor, at 25-years old with no gloves on, I’m going to have to say my dad would beat him.

“Even having said that, I’m a massive fan of McGregor, I’m a huge fan. He’s brilliant. I think McGregor is fantastic for the UFC, I really do.

“He’s created fans that otherwise wouldn’t have known about MMA. My dad was 15 and half stone when he was younger; McGregor is around 145 pounds."

"Two of his favourite films were Street Fighter with Charles Bronson and Enter the Dragon starring Bruce Lee.

“I grew up watching Bruce Lee in the 1970s and Enter the Dragon was the one and only the best martial arts film of all time.

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  • “Nothing comes close to it, even the stars now have not been able to surpass it. That’s amazing because it’s 48 years now and no-one has come close to making another one like it.

    “My dad used to say he’s faster than Bruce Lee."

    To The Top: Enter the Octagon, The Ring and Entertainment (published by Pitch) by Fiaz Rafiq is available in hardback £20 and Ebook £9.99 now in bookstores Waterstones, WHS, and Amazon (

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