Friday 13 December 2019

Boxing: Rogan back and hungry for world title shot

Belfast heavyweight Martin Rogan confirmed yesterday that he has not retired and will make his return to the ring in Limerick on November 6.

Rogan has not fought since a neck injury forced him to pull out in the sixth round of a Commonwealth title bout against Sam Sexton a year ago. He needed surgery after the defeat, but has vowed to get back into title contention.

Rogan defeated Audley Harrison two years ago and then defeated Matt Skelton to land the Commonwealth belt.

"The heavyweight division is a bit of a joke right now," said Rogan, who has yet to learn the identity of his opponent for the bout at Limerick's University Arena.

"You have a guy in Audley Harrison, whom I beat almost two years ago, taking on David Haye for the world title in November, so that tells you everything you need to know about the state of the heavyweights right now.

"But I'm back and I'm going to be their worst nightmare. I won't rest until I have that world title belt wrapped around my waist."

Rogan's bout will be on the undercard of of Limerick fighter Willie Casey's European super-bantamweight title challenge against defending champion, Spaniard Kiko Martinez.

Dubliner Paul Hyland will also box on the bill with the hope of pressing his claims for a contest against the winner of the Casey-Martinez bout.

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