11th July 2011
Martin Rogan has turned down an offer to fight Tyson Fury for the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles, set to take place in Belfast King’s Hall on September 17.
Fury’s promoter Mick Hennessy was told yesterday that Rogan had turned down the offer to face Fury even though he was to receive a big purse and the opportunity to claim not only the Irish heavyweight belt but the Lonsdale belt and the commonwealth title, a decision that has left Hennessy bewildered.
“I can’t believe that Martin has turned down the offer to fight Tyson. He was given all he wanted.” Hennessy told the Belfast Telegraph.
“He was getting one of the best purses he’s ever had, a chance to fight for both titles and fighting in his home city.
“In the end Martin talked a good fight with Tyson but that was all, he just didn’t want to fight him and that’s a shame.”
Unbeaten Canadian Neven Pajkic was the second choice but he has also refused to face Fury who is now one of the hottest properties in world boxing.
“Tyson can’t wait to get back in the ring after such a great win against Dereck Chisora.” added Hennessy.
Other possible opponents for Fury for the Belfast show are Coleman Barrett, Colin Kenna, Prizefighter winner Mike Perez and even American Chris Arriola has been considered and talked about recently as a fight fans would like to see.