They laughed when he said he would beat Wladimir Klitschko to become heavyweight champion of the World.
Some snickered when he said he was Irish, and the keyboard warriors fired balls of scorn the way of the former Irish champion when he said he wanted to fight in Croke Park.
Selling out GAA headqaurters for a World title fight was always a dream Brian Peters discussed when Bernard Dunne was capturing public attention, but it seemed an impossible one at the time.
Indeed the greatest of all times, Muhammad Ali, couldn’t sell out venue back in 1972, but that hasn’t stopped Fury from name dropping Croker as potential fight venue.
Some of the detractors have made valid points in terms of why the Jones’s Road venue wouldn’t work for the Champ, but one of the more voiced arguments on social media was Croke Park wasn’t big enough for both Conor McGregor and Tyson Fury.
However, the former Crumlin BC amateur boxer and current UFC sensation McGregor doesn’t think a muted Croke Park clash will happen anytime soon saying recently:
“You know, I’ll believe Croke Park when I see it,” McGregor told Severe MMA.
“I feel what I done in Las Vegas in July and what the Irish people done – we brought $200million in revenue to that city – it helped seal the deal on the new MGM deal for the UFC.
“I’ll believe Croke Park when I see it. I know they say this and they say that but I feel I might be locked into the MGM for a while. I feel the MGM want me every time because of what we bring so I’ll believe Croke Park when I see it.”
it doesn’t quite burst open the door for Fury to fight in the Dublin Stadium, but it does shoot down one argument against it happening.