Paulie Malignaggi has walked out of Conor McGregor’s training camp after photos were leaked of their sparring sessions.
The former two-time world boxing champion had been helping McGregor prepare for his fight with Floyd Mayweather next month.
But he quit after photos were posted on social media which, Malignaggi claimed, painted a false picture of the sessions.
One showed the American flat on his back on the canvas as McGregor stood over him, and another showed Malignaggi’s face badly marked up.
But he said: “It’s not my place to dictate terms in a training camp that is not mine, but it’s my place to decide if I want to be a part of it.
“There was a pushdown yesterday. Conor on the inside, he can get a little rough. He shoved me down, you know, but no knockdowns. Obviously, 12 rounds, you’re gonna see there’s a mark on my face.
“[It was] very, very hard work for both of us. I was starting to get in a groove in the middle rounds, starting to land some good shots. Conor really came on strong in the end. It was back and forth.”
Malignaggi, who retired from boxing in May, called on McGregor to release footage of their sparring.
He added: “It’s not nice to paint a picture that isn’t true, this was a push down in sparring, post the whole video rounds, one through 12, unedited.
“The @ufc PI has cameras all over the gym recording 24/7. The video exists unedited of rounds one through 12 on Tuesday night, let the fans see.
“I came to help this camp out, not to be exploited, now you’re gonna get the truth though.” (Mirror)