Tyson Fury weighs in on Conor McGregor’s defeat to Dustin Poirier, explains why UFC lightweight is right to blame inactivity for knockout
Tyson Fury has backed Conor McGregor’s reason for defeat to Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 last week.
‘Notorious’ gave his opponent full credit for the knockout victory, but also suggested his inactivity played a major part in his lacklustre performance, having fought once in a year.
When asked if he watched the fight, Fury told Gareth A Davies: “I did yes.
“He did [use inactivity as an explanation for his defeat], and he’s bang on right.
“Conor McGregor fought in 2016, then he had two years out and then he fought Khabib [in 2018].
“Then he had another two years out, and then he fought [Donald] Cerrone [in January 2020].
“Then he had another year out, and then he fought this guy, [Dustin] Poirier.
“So inactivity kills the cat, no doubt about it.
“When one man’s been active – fighting, sparring and in camps – and one man’s been on the couch, it’s no good.”
Fury himself has experienced long spells of inactivity in his career, most famously following his win over Wladimir Klitschko in 2015.
The ‘Gypsy King’s’ life spiralled out of control and he indulged in drink and drugs while struggling with mental health problems.
It took a monumental effort to get him back in the ring in 2018 and he has since regained his position as heavyweight champion by knocking out Deontay Wilder.
Fury explained: “You lose your timing, you lose your distance, you lose it all.
“You lose it all, it’s all gotta be gained back within camps and within fighting.
“If you had three fights on the bounce after you’d never been in the ring for three years, in the third one you’d be ten times better than the first.
“I’ve always known it. Because I’m a boxing historian I’ve always known about the inactivity.
“Gerry Cooney when he fought Larry Holmes – he was out of the ring for 18 months.
“His timing wasn’t there, he just wasn’t the same fighter as he should’ve been.
“If one man’s not active and one man’s been in the ring, it’s an uphill battle.
“Recently we saw Juan Pablo Hernandez, the former IBF cruiserweight champion, he came back after a long layoff and fought journeyman Kevin Johnson and got knocked out.”