Saturday 25 March 2017

John Kavanagh has bad news for fans hoping to see Conor McGregor fight in Croke Park

Conor McGregor celebrates with his featherweight and lightweight belts after defeating Eddie Alvarez
Conor McGregor celebrates with his featherweight and lightweight belts after defeating Eddie Alvarez

Harry Clarke

Irish fans hoping to see Conor McGregor fight in Croke Park have been dealt a major blow by his coach John Kavanagh.

Two-weight UFC world champion McGregor has always said his dream is to fight in his native Dublin at a sold-out Croke Park but, speaking at the Bord Gais Energy Book awards last night, Kavanagh said that such a scenario was next to impossible because UFC cards take place at a time that suits the American audience.

"I doubt it because it would have to be at 5am. I don't think the authorities would allow it. Could you imagine a crowd at 5am?

"For Vegas pay-per-view, the main event always has to be at 10pm over there. Even the fight we just did (in New York) was at 1am. We were walking out and there were people yawning in the changing rooms.

"They always do it for Vegas. I don't quite know why. I guess they've done the numbers and it all makes sense. It's all down to pay-per-views.

"They did one in Sweden for the famous Swedish fighter. It was at 5.30am and there were people in the crowd fast asleep."

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