David Price is giving fans the chance to lead his ringwalk when he defends his British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles against Matt Skelton next week. The unbeaten scouser faces Skelton at Aintree Equestrian Centre on Friday, November 30 and is holding a charity auction to carry his belts to the ring. Price will give all the money raised to the Alder Hay Imagine appeal and the Hillsborough Justice Campaign for the Commonwealth belt.
Price said: “The reason I support Alder Hay is because both of my kids were treated there and were so well looked after. I will support the hospital for the rest of my career.
“They do amazing work.”
He added: “The Hillsborough Campaign is very close to my heart. I am a proud Liverpool fan, but Hillsborough is something that even non-Liverpool fans are behind.”
There is a top class undercard including Darren Hamilton’s British light-welterweight title defence against local boxer Steve Williams. Other boxers in action include Joe Selkirk, Danny Price, Tony Dodson, Mike Stafford, Andy Colquahoun, Wayne Adeniyi, Neil Perkins and Tommy Carrus.
To bid for the belts send your offer to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Super Channel, Canada’s only national English pay television network, is pleased to present a special edition of Super Channel Fights courtesy of Hennessy Sports on Saturday, December 1 at 4 pm ET, when Britain’s unbeaten heavyweight Tyson Fury steps into the ring against American Kevin Johnson, live from Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Tyson Fury (19-0-0, 14ko) will take a massive step towards a world title fight in 2013 when he meets Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (28-2-1, 13ko) for an exciting 12-round international match.
Tough American Johnson will come to Belfast to boost his own world title credentials again as he went the distance with WBC world heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko in 2009. Exciting unbeaten Fury expects 6’3 Johnson, to be his hardest opponent to date and believes the fans at the Odyssey and those watching live on Super Channel will be in for a real treat.
Fury commented: “Johnson is just the kind of opponent that I want at this stage of my career. We needed a world class fighter and we have got one and when I take him apart the world will sit up and take notice. I’m not going around getting opponents out of graveyards, fighting guys well past their best like some other heavyweights in Britain, I’m taking on Kevin Johnson who has fought for a major world title and been the distance with Vitali.
“I am getting closer to a shot at Klitschko myself and I’m going to show Vitali why he has to fight me because when I do a number on Johnson and get him out of there I’ll have done a better job than Vitali did on him. I’m really looking forward to fighting again in Belfast, the support I get there is great and to bring such a big fight there is terrific for the fans. Johnson is going to be tough, he’s a hard man but I’ll be in the best shape of my life. The fans can expect fireworks, that’s for sure.”
Promoter Mick Hennessy says Johnson is going to be the perfect world class test for Fury at this stage of his career: “Kevin Johnson has been there and done it and he wants another shot at the world title and he sees Tyson as the route to that, that’s why he has taken the fight,” commented Hennessy.
“He’s a very dangerous opponent, he’s a clever boxer, he’s never been stopped and he can punch so Tyson has his work cut out. But I believe that Tyson is the best heavyweight in the world and he’ll show that again with the way he takes care of Johnson. Johnson has been asking for this fight for a long time and we have granted his wish unlike a lot of other fighters who have avoided him as he is a very dangerous fighter over 12 rounds.”
Former world heavyweight title challenger Johnson is coming to Belfast full of confidence with his sights set on railroading Fury’s world title aspirations. Johnson said: “I’m excited about the opportunity to step into the ring with Tyson Fury on December 1, in Belfast. It’s a fight that I’ve been looking to make for a long time. It’s going to be the best American fighter against the best fighter in the UK.
“I give Tyson all the credit in the world for stepping up to the plate and taking the fight. This is the biggest fight of my career since my world title fight against Vitali Klitschko in 2009 and I look forward to giving the fans what they deserve, an action packed, explosive and exciting fight.
“Tyson is a helluva fighter but he’s never seen anything like the ‘Kingpin’ up close and personal. I’m on a mission to claim the heavyweight title and Tyson Fury is in my way. I’m not Dereck Chisora or Neven Pajkic. I’m the real deal and Tyson will find that out on December 1. Don’t blink; it’s going to be a short night.”
Alan Dawson – London
Chris Eubank Jr extended his undefeated professional streak to five as he easily dispatched of Terry Carruthers on Saturday, July 7 at the Hand Arena in Clevedon, Somerset. Eubank Jr excelled in all areas where it counted… ring movement, IQ, speed and his ability to throw combinations with precision. Carruthers, though, displayed good durability and did well to hear the final bell…
Official verdict: Eubank Jr wins referee’s decision.
With his trademark aesthetically-pleasing boxing style, Eubank Jr – a chip off the old block – uppercut to perfection, threw acute body shots that caused grimacing damage and jabbed well to the braincase and the body before returning to his stool composed and as if he was enjoying a sparring session as opposed to a six round task against a journeyman with a level win/loss record.
With a swift pace, fast fists and forward steps, Eubank Jr (5-0-0, 2ko) worked his punch combinations excellently in the second round and opened up a ghastly cut on Carruthers’ face. Not only was his flurrying on point, but his uppercut continued to prove a reliable and accurate weapon. Carruthers (11-12-6, 1ko), though, was by no means a punching bag and did manage to slip and duck under some of Eubank Jr’s shots, however, the sheer precision from his opponent meant he could not block all the work and found difficulty preventing punches coming through to his body.
“I’m shocked, stunned and amazed… Carruthers is tough, bleeding,” Chris Eubank Sr, sat ringside, said to Channel 5 midway through the fight. “Christopher has his work cut out. This is the best fight I’ve seen for a few months! I’d like to hear what Al Bernstein is saying! It’s magnificent.”
Such an appraisal may have looked favourably on Carruthers as, while he was a game fighter, he was a number of levels below Eubank Sr’s son and, like he had in the preceding rounds, he targeted Carruthers’ body in the fourth round, lost the jabbing battle and could not match his combination work.
Heading into the fifth, Eubank Jr still had the complexion of a fighter entering the first session… his mouth was closed and he was breathing easily – both signs that his condition was sterling. The same, perhaps, could not be said of Carruthers as the sheer volume of shots peppered around his abdomen and ribs took their toll and his energy levels were not as high as they were earlier in the bout.
Finishing the six rounder strong, Eubank Jr looked for the stoppage, landing big shots to the head and body but Carruthers too refused to slouch from action and landed his own heavy shots. Winning a referee’s decision and receiving a standing ovation, Eubank Jr will have only added to his fanbase as, like main attraction in Somerset; Tyson Fury, he excelled in one more city stop on his boxing tour of Britain.
Tommy Barber – London
Entertaining heavyweight Tyson Fury took his fighting tour of the British Isles and Ireland to Clevedon on Saturday, July 7 and delighted the hordes of fans at the Hand Arena by dominating American journeyman Vinny Maddalone. Fury worked well behind his jab, moved well around the ring and stuck a multitude of combinations onto Maddalone, perplexing the visiting fighter before stopping him in the fifth round.
Official verdict: Fury by way of 5Rd TKO.
Boxing exclusively as a southpaw in his most recent outing against Martin Rogan earlier in the year in Belfast, Fury (19-0-0, 14ko) fought Maddalone (35-8-0, 26ko) in Somerset in his more traditional orthodox stance, popping left handed jabs out and reddening the Italian-American’s face in the opening round alone. While Vinny sought to land his trademark overhand right in the second, Fury himself caught Maddalone with his own straight shots.
Attacking the body with good effect in the third round, Fury also landed uppercuts, wide left hands and combinations. This, on top of his trusted jab. Despite his rangy height of 6’9, Tyson made himself a compact target… he was narrow, hunched his shoulders up and mainly kept a cross guard protecting his large midsection.
In the third round, Fury’s superiority was punctuated by his accuracy with his combination work: “I was throwing combinations, I could have boxed 12 easy. I like boxing! I’m 17 and a half stone and as fit as a fiddle.”
Fury executed the standard one-two, varied the purpose of his jab, sent hooks with either fist to the sides of Maddalone’s body and cracked right hands onto Vinny’s jawline. Maddalone had the appearance of a beaten fighter. He was punched off-balance, had welts under his eyes, was bleeding from the cheek and was throwing very little in return.
Looking for the early finish, Fury began showboating in the fifth round. He raised a gloved fist toward the sky before rocketing shots into Maddalone’s skull. The British-Irishman was unrelenting in his attack, playing up to the crowd and rocked Maddalone’s head back with each shot before referee Ian John Lewis finally stepped in to save the fighter from taking further punishment.
“I was very concentrated, I worked behind my jabs and tried to keep it long,” Fury explained to Channel 5. “I tried to call the referee in because he was getting smashed and he’s a stubborn lad.
“I’m ready for anybody in the world,” Tyson added after the conclusion of his 19th professional bout. “Klitschkos bring it on! Americans bring it on! Alexander Povetkin doesn’t want to fight me and Robert Helenius doesn’t want to fight me. Klitschko doesn’t want to fight me… that’s why Vitali is fighting Manuel Charr!”
With the victory, Fury picked up another professional honour: the WBO Intercontinental heavyweight title.
Denzil Stone – Atlantic City
A veteran gatekeeper to contender status, 38-year-old heavyweight Vinny Maddalone (36-7-0, 26ko) is the next in line for Tyson Fury, 24, as the British/Irish big man looks to notch another win on his record as he makes a case to challenge for one of the major titles in boxing’s no-limit weight class. Maddalone, who takes on Fury at Clevedon’s Hand Arena in Somerset on July 7, is promising excitement as he aims on making new fans…
“I’m Looking forward to fighting in England,” said Maddalone, who commands a 42-fight experience but has fallen short in his biggest tests against Brian Minto (by knockout, twice), Evander Holyfield (by third round technical knockout), Denis Boytsov (eight round decision), Jean Marc Mormeck (eight round decision) and Tomasz Adamek (fifth round TKO).
He continued: “The Brits may be rooting for him in the beginning but I guarantee they will be cheering for me by the end of the night. I promise to give everything I’ve got [and] the Brits are going to experience one hell of a fight [as] I plan on making lots of new fans.
“I respect Tyson Fury… hats off because he shows lots of balls. I’m really happy for this opportunity. Two guys with balls will make for a great fight.”
Undoubtedly Fury’s toughest opponent to date was his British and Commonwealth title showdown against Dereck Chisora, yet his subsequent match-ups are perceived to have stagnated when it comes to calibre. While Maddalone is not regarded to provide a significant step-up from Nicolai Firtha, Neven Pajkic and Martin Rogan (all of whom Fury stopped), Vinny is renowned for his edge-of-the-seat style.
Boxing News writer Jack Hirsch even lauded the Queens native by remarking: “Perhaps the pound-for-pound lists have it all wrong. Instead of rating the best fighters, maybe the public would be better served if they listed the most exciting [and] Vinny Maddalone would top that heap.”
Fury (18-0-0, 13ko), currently training in Essen, Belgium, commented: “He’s a good opponent, a real tough guy who leaves nothing in the changing room and certainly comes to fight!”
As has been tradition with a Fury fight, the undercard will feature middleweight phenom Chris Eubank Jr, who makes his fifth outing as a professional. British champion Lee Haskins, meanwhile, challenges Stuart Hall for the vacant European bantamweight belt, Lenny Daws and Dean Mills get it on, Tyson’s cousin Phill Fury fights and Canadian welterweight ruler Samuel Vargas also makes an appearance.
Alan Dawson – London
Popular Brighton-based pugilistic novice Chris Eubank Jr defeated Harry Matthews in a six round middleweight duel at the Hillsborough Leisure Centre in Sheffield on Saturday, May 12. Showing his typical wide array of punches, Eubank Jr exercised useful straights and hooks yet did not have everything his own way as Matthews was a game fighter spurred on by local support…
Official verdict: Eubank via referee’s decision.
While promoter Mick Hennessy’s premier prizefighter Tyson Fury attracts criticism for the perceived ‘domestic level’ opposition he faces, there is little question that, as a four fight novice, Eubank Jr is continuously matched tough. Not only was he propelled into six rounders from his debut professional appearance onwards, but he has also lined up against a cage fighter, an undefeated Scotsman and, in Yorkshire this weekend, an experienced local with a sterling winning record.
A cerebral fighter, Eubank Jr collected the dominant score in the opening round but rounds two and three were both competitive. Eubank Jr was patient in his punch output but his seeming tentativeness allowed Matthews to pressure, however, it was Eubank Jr who timed his shots well and also showed he was the clean puncher.
“It seems to me like he is taking it easy, he is feeling out the terrain and I think this is going well for him,” said Chris Eubank Sr, a proud father and two-weight world champion in his own right, who was sitting ringside studying his son’s performance.
Eubank Sr was not worried about Matthews’ ability to hang with Eubank Jr and, when addressing Channel 5, indicated that his offspring was simply assessing his opponent’s strengths and weaknesses: “We are yet to see if [Matthews] is the toughest opponent to date. Chris is in learning mode, feeling him out so let’s see what happens.”
The two punches Eubank Jr was dispatching most successfully were the straight right hand followed by the left hook, yet, despite the two-punch flurrying, there was little sustained aggression so Matthews was able to box back, albeit with not as much success.
“It’s a good learning fight for Eubank Jr,” said Fury, when Eubank Jr – who fought with a hashtag of #teameubank on his trunks – had completed five rounds. “From what I’ve seen from his professional outings so far there have been no mistakes.”
Whilst Eubank Jr edged the prior stanzas, there was no doubt who was the superior fighter in the sixth and final round as Eubank Jr loaded up on powerful hook punches looped in from wide. Looking for the Hollywood finish, Eubank Jr asserted himself aggressively, shook up Matthews’ foundations with hooks and uppercuts but was unable to close the show.
“I had the guy under control after three rounds,” he said in his dressing room. “I need to get rounds in so I worked on defence and foot movement so it was a great learning curve for me. I knew I could have stopped him but you don’t learn anything from throwing wild punches and getting guys out of there in one or two rounds.”
Eubank Sr added: “I really do not need to say much as his calibre says it all. I like the fact that he took his time, he stood back and felt his way around the ring. He was soaking up the experience. In terms of his [Matthews'] strength, it was a good calibre of opponent.”
With victory, Eubank Jr jumped up to 4-0-0, 2ko. Matthews fell to 12-6-1, 2ko.
Alan Dawson – London
Fast-rising British super bantamweight Abdul Barry Awad, commonly known by his fistic moniker Kid Galahad, deconstructed a game and resilient Josh Wale at the Hillsborough Leisure Centre in Sheffield on Saturday, May 12. His hand-speed, general boxing ability, precision and intuitive movement were all too much for Wale to cope with and the B-side fighter’s eyes were a swollen mess as early as the middle rounds, prompting a later stoppage.
Official verdict: Galahad via ninth round TKO.
Kid Galahad’s technique, precision and gun-slinging punching ability – a typical trait of the Ingle Gym in the Wincobank area of Sheffield – was evident from round one as the undefeated prospect dominated Josh Wale from the off. The 22-year-old boxed circles around the durable Wale, who took numerous shots clean to the right side of the jaw, the nose, the belt-line and the solar plexus.
When Wale abandoned the jab, he allowed Galahad to further enhance his own accuracy as there was no lead punch to perturb him from action. With his fists thrown from waist level, Galahad’s punching style was largely unorthodox and, as the fight progressed, the contest seemed to be more of an exhibition rather than a competitive match-up. Wale’s eyes, for instance, in the second and third rounds, were closing up due to severe swelling.
Whilst Galahad’s general hand speed raises commendation, his defensive acumen is also worthy of note. He has little guard to speak of but because his upper-body movement is so intuitive, he is able to veer away from danger whilst taking minimal damage. Wale adopted a peek-a-boo stance and was largely a come-forward type of fighter and so Galahad picked Wale apart by boxing and moving, slipping and sliding and represented a considerably frustrating opponent to square off against.
The swellings around Wale’s eyes became so severe that, by round five, one had burst and had begun to to leak claret. In round six, Galahad’s smoothness had paled somewhat, perhaps due to a natural slowing of speed but perhaps too due to Wale’s will but, despite mild issues, it was the Kid who still controlled the tempo and the style of the fight. If Wale was to turn the tide, then the primary thing to negate would have been Galahad’s left hook as a lack of a high right mitt meant Kid was able to check Josh’s jaw on numerous occasions.
Wale attempted to close the gap in round seven but, when he took the necessary steps forward into the pocket, Galahad would shove him back to mid-range where he was able to double and treble up on the jab. A second way Galahad thwarted Wale’s desire for an inside fight was to land a six to nine inch uppercut, repeatedly, onto the underside of Wale’s chin.
“The little kid is very tough and he’s one of the best [prospects] in Britain,” Channel 5‘s heavyweight star Tyson Fury announced mid-fight, before adding that “he now needs to get him [Wale] out of there.”
Indeed, for all of Galahad’s technical prowess, to really impress and help accelerate Sunday headlines, knockouts are sometimes a necessity, however, Kid – in his 11 fights prior to Wale – had only stopped four opponents. Known more for his defence, hand-speed and ring IQ, punch power was an attribute he had yet to fully level up on.
Whilst no canvassing had occurred, the referee’s inclination to stop the fight began in round nine when he temporarily halted combat in order to instruct the ringside physician to examine Wale’s cuts, which had become numerous, gory and bloody, yet the doctor declared that the lacerations did not compromise his vision or health.
A sharp-shooter, Galahad was able to tee off on Wale with two-punch combinations with ease before motioning away from danger himself. Whilst Wale would have always wanted to continue, he was, for the most part, taking un-necessary punishment when there was only going to be one winner. Between rounds nine and ten, the decision was made on Wale’s behalf to withdraw him from the contest as the durable Josh – who had only once been retired in three past losses – suffered a fourth defeat as Galahad was, largely, punch perfect.
“He’s a lot tougher than I thought he was, he took hard shots but I knew I could take him out,” said Galahad to Al Bernstein post-fight. “I wanted to see if he had strength in his punches. I picked [Wale] off, found my range, my timing, boom! I was too quick, too strong and he under-estimated my strength and also my inside fighting. I knew it was just a matter of time [before he was stopped]. Before [past opponent] Jason Booth I was only operating at 40 percent but I showed then [and now] why I’m going to be great.”
Campaigning in a quality-heavy division in both Britain and abroad, Galahad expressed his readiness and eagerness to box any of Scott Quigg, Rendall Munroe, Carlo Frampton or even Kiko Martinez: “I think I’m top [in Britain] if any of them want me, I want them.”
Chief promoter Mick Hennessy commented: “It was a masterclass. If you look at any of his opponents’ faces, this kid has power, believe it.”
With victory, Galahad rose to 12-0-0, 5ko while Wale’s wobble saw him fall to 14-4-1, 7ko.
Alan Dawson – London
Chris Eubank Jr threw every punch in the book, showed superb speed of fist, evasive maneuvering, general ring skills that belied his inexperience and, above all, a good finisher’s instinct as he stopped erstwhile undefeated Paul Allison on his feet at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland on Saturday, April 14. Eubank Jr was tagged in the third round but came out for the fourth determined and an accumulation of unanswered punches prompted the referee to end the contest that had been scheduled to last six rounds.
Official verdict: Eubank Jr wins fourth round technical knockout.
Silky operator Eubank Jr boxed around the periphery of the ring in round one and, in the first minute alone, battered Allison with swift combinations that included hadouken uppercuts, left hooks, left jabs and intuitive head movement. Allison absorbed numerous punches and his reddening face showed the ease in which Eubank Jr was able to find his target. For all of the accolades Eubank Jr’s offensive weaponry attracts, his defensive acumen is also deserving of commendation as his upper body movement allows him to evade incoming shots.
In round two, there was no let up in the lethal threat posed by Eubank Jr. Disheartening Allison from coming forward, Eubank Jr struck the Stranraer-based Scot with body shots, straight rights, uppercuts thrown with great leverage and crisp left hooks to the ribs. Allison attempted to throw back… his heavy left was thrown but when it wasn’t blocked by a well-placed Eubank Jr mitt, it was avoided by head movement.
Eubank Jr’s domination was halted in round three as he was forced into a gut check. Allison landed a power bomb of a left hook that rocked Eubank Jr back, onto the ropes, yet the Englishman quickly regained his senses. It was a punch that had been rehearsed… when Eubank Jr launched his uppercut, he left himself vulnerable to the hook and this was something Allison exploited.
In the fourth round, Eubank Jr – apparently angered by the tagging he received in the third – attacked Allison, changed into a higher gear, backed his man onto the ropes and connected with heavy blow after heavy blow. The hand speed was the catalyst for the stoppage, yet the power was enough to rock Allison’s head back and after a number of unanswered shots, the referee stepped in to wave the bout off.
With victory, the extroverted Eubank Jr casually walked up to the camera… he was momentarily emotionless, not even out of breath, he then mimicked an executioner’s pose. A strong finisher, the 22-year-old prospect who rose to 3-0-0, 2ko with his win, told Channel 5 in his dressing room after the fight that he “went in there with the intention to prove a point.”
He continued: “Tonight, I wanted to produce something special and that is exactly what I did. In my last fight [versus Jason Ball] I could not use my left hand but I used both tools tonight.”
His proud father, Chris Eubank Sr – himself a former world champion of a brace of weight divisions – added: “It was a very impressive [performance] and he has that punching ability. We will have more performances like that. It seems, as I thought, the better they are the more he can produce, flourish and showcase his abilities. I am very, very happy. The viewers, you should find him on Twitter, find him on Facebook because he is one to watch!”
Alan Dawson – London
With a safety-first attitude, Tyson Fury outboxed Martin Rogan en route to a fifth round technical knockout at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland on Saturday, April 14. Fury boxed in a southpaw stance, dropped Rogan twice and deconstructed the veteran with right jabs and left hooks. His promoter, Mick Hennessy, claimed he could beat ‘Regular’ WBA heavyweight championship incumbent Aleksandr Povetkin tomorrow, but wants to keep Fury active and will look to book him into a June 30 contest, likely in Belfast.
Official verdict: Fury wins by way of fifth round technical knockout.
Fury put self-documented problems at home (split and reconciliation with his wife, Paris), issues with weight (he claimed he ballooned-up over Christmas and had to lose over 80 pounds), controversies in his profession (Rogan argued Manchester-born Tyson had no right to challenge for an Irish championship) and the pro-Martin crowd to the side as he oxidised The Iron Man’s rusty challenge and secured an impressive fifth round triumph that – typically for a Fury fight – contained as many talking points as the heavily-promoted build-up provided.
Astonishingly, Fury began the fight as a southpaw. Having boxed his entire professional career in an orthodox posture, Fury switched trainers last year – departing from Hughie Fury, employing Peter Fury – and, with the new coaching staff, came a new posture as he sought to establish a right jab. Rogan, though, was not confused and – typically for the Belfast man – went after his opponent with his left foot forward and his right hands thrown over the top.
In round two, Tyson’s tentativeness paved the way for Rogie’s (temporary) ascendancy as he pumped left gloves into Fury’s midsection and attached heavy leather with a right hand to the mush.
In the third, Fury attempted to let his fists go… he looped a right hand around the side, feinted with his shoulders, kept Rogan at bay with a half-jab, popped out one-two combinations, parried Rogan’s lead shot with his mitts and connected with his own left uppercut. With a minute remaining on the round clock, Fury cracked a straight left onto his opponent’s nose and, moments later, he scored a flash knockdown with a left hook set-up by a succession of southpaw jabs. Clearly dazed, Rogan retreated to his stool with a cut on the bridge of his beak.
Boxing with the names of his kids on his trunks – Prince and Venezuela – Fury did not rush Rogan in the fourth round. Praised for his entertaining style in his preceding 17 professional fights, against Martin – in his 18th – he showed a cerebral side to his game. He was patient, waited for his openings and, phenomenally for an experiment, executed the southpaw jab with a mature precision. Rogan did attempt to rally late in the stanza but the dynamite he attempted to light was snuffed out as his shots struck the arms and gloves of a defensively-honed Tyson.
Nose-bound jabs, chin-checking left hooks and one-two combos filled the fifth round as Fury asserted a controlled dominance over Rogan. Martin had been boxing on the front-foot in the opening two rounds but his backward steps were telling as he attempted to get away from Tyson’s body-shots. It was the work to the middle that proved to be Rogan’s undoing as he dropped to his knees, clutched his gut and grimaced in clear agony as his mouth leaked streaky spittle. The 41-year-old did well to beat the count, and referee David Irving was ready to allow him to box on, but Rogan was pulled out of the bout by his corner.
Question marks over Fury’s ability to take a punch arose following his canvassing in the Pajkic fight but with a new fight style – methodical and leftie – Tyson boxed with a more safety-first attitude as opposed to his erstwhile attack-happy pomp. The move gained instant dividends with the careful destruction of Rogan and paves the way for more intriguing match-ups should he continue with similarly effective tactics in the future.
“I was just practicing a few things,” Fury said to Channel 5 interviewer Al Bernstein with the Irish heavyweight championship belt draped over his shoulder: “I [was] comfortable as I’m left handed anyway. I’m a world class heavyweight. I’m ambidextrous. I can hit as hard with my left as I can with my right and it’s just one of many things we practiced in the gym and Rogan was the man we practiced on.”
Commenting on the conclusive punch, he added: “It was a hook to the body. [And] can I just say one thing… Rogan has the heart of a warrior. I’ll take my hat off [takes hat off] Rogan is a true Irish warrior. I [now] want to bring big fights to Ireland.”
Fury’s promoter Mick Hennessy lauded the performance of his premier prizefighter: “How many heavyweights can do that in world boxing? He didn’t turn back from southpaw once. That jab was sensational and he never really got out of third gear. Peter has gotten him in great shape and he can go all the way. We’ll keep him busy now. He’s got the Irish belt, he’s had the British and Commonwealth, European would be nice… then the world.
“He would beat [Regular WBA titlist Aleksandr] Povetkin tomorrow, let’s be real here. We’re going to manoeuvre him into a position where we bring them over here.”
With the win, Fury moved to 18-0-0, 13ko and will next box on June 30.
On The Beak – Admin
Last Saturday, February 18, British fight promoter Mick Hennessy announced live on Channel 5 in front of millions of viewers: “I’m absolutely proud and delighted to say that we have got a massive fight at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast on April 14 – Tyson Fury, in a long awaited, fight versus Martin Rogan.” Tyson Fury versus Martin Rogan will be broadcast live on Channel 5.
Martin Rogan (14-2-0, 7ko) responded to the confirmed heavyweight duel by stating: “Respectfully Tyson’s world number six and I’m getting a great opportunity thanks to Mick Hennessy, Mickey Hughes and Tyson Fury… lot’s have gone on with the politics in boxing, obviously with the purse offers, but some of the phrases that were used against Tyson calling him a chicken and stuff like that I find very disrespectful because any man who steps in the ring is far from a chicken, and as I said, I respect the chance that I’ve been given to step in the ring.
“I’m a great heavyweight, I’ve proved that by beating Matt Skelton, the undefeated and un-knocked out guy, I beat Audley Harrison, so I got the pedigree to do the business on April 14 and that’s what I intend to do.”
Explaining his choice of opponent, Fury (17-0-0, 12ko) commented: “We sat down and it’s been a long decision, the fight has been off and on two or three times and it was suppose to happen last year when I fought at the Kings Hall and before it’s politics that got in the way of the boxing match and that’s what it’s not about.
“It’s about going in there given the fans a great fight and I know Martin Rogan, I’ve grew up my full career watching him so I’ve nothing but respect for the man. I was watching the fights when he beat Skelton and Harrison and I know he is coming firing with both hands to take what I’ve got away but, as he said, I’m number six in the world and I’m working my way to a world title shot and I’m hoping I’m going to get there.”
The former British champion of the heavyweight belt, who has wins over John McDermott, Dereck Chisora and Neven Pajkic, added: “This is going to be a great fight, there is going to be plenty of action and Rogan always comes to fight… as does Tyson Fury, and you are going to see two true warriors in the ring in a fighting country as well.”
Big Rogie then asked Fury: “Tyson, what round am I going to knock you out in?” To which Tyson jokingly responded “The first, ten seconds.”
Tommy Barber – London
Chris Eubank Jr was forced to work hard in his second professional fight, a decision victory over former mixed martial artist Jason Ball, courtesy of the referee in a bout that was (atypically for a novice) set over six threes.