By Jonny Stapleton
Martin Rogan claims he wanted to give Tyson Fury the opportunity to prove he was king of the WBU world not just of Irish boxing.
The Iron Man turned down the chance to fight Fury in the Kings Hall on September 17 and subsequently had a very public spat with Hennessy Promotions, but revealed yesterday he wanted to fight the British and Commonwealth champion for the WBU world title on October 27.
The entertainer, who fights former cruiserweight world title challenger Pineda in the Odyssey Arena instead, said he tried to offer the fighter, who is desperate to become Irish champion, the fight.
However, the 40 year old former Commonwealth champion claims Team Fury failed to contact the self managed star and revealed the Fury Rogan ship has now sailed.
“They were given an opportunity to contact me. I told them I had a proposal for them, but they refused to speak to me. Some people tried to put me down then, but they made fools of themselves. The missed the boat and I am still on it. Just like the titanic Fury’s chances of fighting me have sunk. I wanted to fight him for this belt. Don’t get me wrong I have a lot of respect for Tyson and he is a god kid. I wish him all the best on September 17. Tyson is very innocent in all this. I tried to do things in a professional manner. I worked side by side with the board to keeps things right,” Rogan explained as the Fury Rogan sage continued.
An undercard has yet to be confirmed for the bill, but Rogan is hopping to tap into local talent in what the veteran hopes will be a showcase of Irish talent.
“The undercard is yet to be confirmed, but we hope to have local lads fighting. There is so much talent here. Just go to Breen’s gym and it is packed with good fighters who want to fight. Hopefully will be able to get them on this show.”