By Jonny Stapleton
The Grudge match is on, as Hennessy Sports confirmed Martin Rogan and Tyson Fury have agreed to trade leather in Belfast on April 14.
As Mirror Sport revealed last week the duo will be finally settled their differences in the ring in the Odyssey Arena this spring.
Along with the purposed May 5 Paul McCloskey card, the heavyweight clash is the biggest set for Ireland this year. With 6’9 Fury and the 17 stone Rogan it certainly is as big in size as it is stature.
Plans for a contest between the 40 year old former Taxi driver and the 23 year old former British and Commonwealth champion, fell through last year and ever since the pair have volleyed verbal abuse each others way.
However it will be digs of a different kind they Irish duo will be landing come April 14 as they officially confirmed the massive domestic dust up late Saturday night.
Manchester born Fury is currently ranked in the world’s top 10 by the WBC and this clash gives ‘The Iron Man’ the opportunity to get back on course to fulfil his dream of becoming the first Irish born heavyweight champion of the world.
“Tyson is in the world top ten. So this is a big opportunity for me. I am a great heavyweight I proved that by beating Matt Skelton and Audley Harrison. I have the pedigree to do the business and that
’s what I tend to do. I don’t make predicts Tyson Fury does so ask him what round I will knock him out,” Martin Rogan said.
“This fight has been off and on two or three times. It was meant to happen last year, but didn’t. This is about getting in and fighting. I grew up watching Martin Rogan. I know he will come with fire in both hands to try and beat me. This is going be a great fight two true warriors in a fighting country.”
One of Belfast’s biggest ticket sellers and former British champion Martin Lindsay should appear on the card as should Kevin O’Hara.
Belfast flyweights Jamie Conlan and Luke Wilton are said to be close to agreeing an intriguing Lord of the Flys clash. There is also talk of a possible Kid Gallahad Willie Casey clash.