Hennessy Sports Press Release- written by David Kelly
Frankly, if the fight between Tyson Fury and Martin Rogan is anywhere near as entertaining as yesterday’s press conference then the fans are in for a treat on April 14 at the Odyssey Arena.
In the comedic stakes it was round one to Rogan who did his best Frank Carson impression but when they both took the mic for a singing duel the honours went to Fury.
All this after the serious business of both men declaring “serious damage” would be done next month.
Fury has signed to do stand-up for Sport Relief and gave us a quick cameo, but quick-witted Rogan assured him that: “On April 14 you’ll not being doing stand-up, you’ll be doing sit-down. That’s a cracker!”
The heavyweight clash is set to be for the vacant Irish title with Fury, finally, legally proving what he had said all along — that he is a bonafide Irishman.
“I didn’t get to box for Ireland at the last Olympics but now in 2012 I’m fighting for the Irish title all being well and trust me, no man will be able to stop me on April 14 — not even an army could stop me,” said Fury.
“Martin Rogan has no chance. The young fella is going to take out the old fella. To you he may be Big Rogie but to me he’s wee, cuddly Rogie.”
The grudge clash — which falls on the same night the Titanic sunk 100 years ago — is one that has Irish fight fans drooling at the prospect of fireworks when the two big men come together and as promoter Mick Hennessy commented: “It’s the biggest heavyweight fight to come here since Muhammad Ali boxed at Croke Park.”
For Rogan it is massive opportunity to re-ignite his career which has slowly gone off the radar ever since back-to-back defeats at the hands of Sam Sexton.
Two wins followed under the guidance of Brian Peters but they had a parting of the ways and last year’s failed attempt to run his own shows left him cast adrift.
“I’m a lot wiser now,” said Rogan. “It’s a good opportunity for me to be fighting Tyson Fury who is number six in the world — it’s not every day you get that chance. And it’s a good opportunity for Tyson Fury to get beaten by a good hard Irishman.
“At one stage when I beat Audley Harrison and Matt Skelton I should have fought for the World title but unfortunately it didn’t happen — but my focus is just on Tyson Fury
“It doesn’t matter that I have been out of the ring for 18 months, it wouldn’t matter if I had been out for 20 years — everybody knows that I come to fight. It’s a great for my city and my fans.”
Fury, who recently vacated the British and Commonwealth belts when under pressure to defend against David Price, says this fight with Rogan means more to him than even a World title fight.
“This fight means everything to me, this means more than fighting for the undisputed World title, more than fighting the Klitschkos — all I am focused on is Martin Rogan,” added Fury.
“I have locked myself away and been to hell and back to get in great shape and by the time of the fight I’ll have been away from my family for 15 weeks. If I can’t beat Martin Rogan I’ve nowhere to go.
“If I lose then I’ll have to make a living out of shining Martin Rogan’s shoes.”
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