24 July 2009 – By Mark Doyle
Martin Rogan and Sam Sexton will meet again for the Commonwealth heavyweight title in Belfast on October 9.
Sexton dethroned the previously undefeated Rogan as champion in May, with referee David Parris calling a halt to the contest in the eighth round because of severe swelling around the left eye of the Irishman.
Rogan was incensed by the decision at the time, not least because he had been on the verge of stopping Sexton earlier in the round.
As a result, The Entertainer is delighted to have been granted an immediate shot to reclaim what he believes is rightfully his.
“I can’t wait for justice to be done on October 9th and my two fists will be handing out the judgement,” Rogan vowed.
“Everyone knows I won the last fight and the referee saved him, but that’s in the past and I can’t cry about it now. I just have to beat Sexton this time.
“I made mistakes last time and Sexton won’t get that opportunity again, I am going to absolutely destroy the man.
“I beat him with one eye, this time I will have two perfect eyes and I’m going to be coming at him like no one has ever done in his life. There is nowhere for him to hide in that ring.
Sexton, though, has a wholly different view of their first meeting but is promising a conclusive knockout victory second time around.
“Everyone knows that if the fight was anywhere else it would have been stopped because of the state of Rogan’s eye,” he argued.
“It’s all on dvd for you to see: I out-boxed him in every round apart from the eighth. He is just a brawler with no boxing skill and that only thing he’s got is his strength, but that wasn’t much to worry about.
“Remember, I took the fight in Belfast and went into the lions den and beat him and now I’m going back there and will do the same again, only easier. This time there will be no stoppage and he’s going to get knocked out.”
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