Breen backs Fury and advises him on how best to beat Rogan
By Jonny Stapleton
Martin Rogan’s former coach John Breen has seen enough working with Tyson Fury in recent weeks to predict the Manchester fighter will settle this Saturday’s ‘Unfinished Business’ clash in his favour.
Breen coached Rogan to Prizefighter and Commonwealth success before a fall out after the second Sam Sexton clash saw the Belfast duo partcompany. The Irish coach of the Year for 2009 has worked sporadically with Fury over the last number of years, but had a significant input as the giant heavyweight prepared for what promises to be a Titanic
struggle 100 years after the Belfast made ship sunk.
No one is more qualified to give a prediction than the Belfast trainer and Breen thinks age the sizeable gap will ensure a disparity in performance levels.
“I think age will tell and I think Tyson Fury will win. Tyson has been down in the gym with us a few times and I have been over in Manchester a few times. I am not sure if I will be in his corner this weekend. I haven’t made my mind up, but we have been working together and he will win,” Breen said.
Having Breen in his corner is the closest thing to having a spy in the opposition camp.
Paul McCloskey and Jamie Conlan’s coach claims to know Rogan better than the fighter knows himself and has shared the inside knowledge with a fighter he advises to fight on the outside on Saturday.
Breen also dismissed suggestions Rogan could win it with just one decent punch and claims the undefeated British and Commonwealth champion is the more powerful of the two.
“I know what Roggie can do so obviously Tyson Fury knows what he can do now. No one knows Roggie better than I do. If Roggie tries to box he is in trouble. I seen bad fighters making him look bad so all Tyson Fury has to do is be sensible and use his boxing ability. I think he has loads of ability and he punches harder than Roggie. When I am on the pads
with Tyson Fury when he throws that right hand he hurts you with it. Roggie throws punches but one of them will hurt you not them all. There is no hard feeling between me and Roggie. I am just giving my opinion boxing is about opinions. My opinion is Fury is going to win.”
It seems Breen could become an important character in the ever intriguing Fury story. The fighter, that world champion Wladimir Klitschko’s coach Manny Steward labels the best contender in the world has previously asked to work with the Belfast trainer.
And if the respected Irish coach got his hands on the massive Manc he is confident he could make improvements.
“Tyson asked me to train him at Christmas time. He said he was fighting in Madison Square Garden, but then he hurt his ankle and the bill was cancelled in America, but who knows get this one over with and we might team up. He is only a child, he is 23 years of age. Heavyweights don’t mature until they are 30 and he is only 23 years of age. Some of the fights you see him walking back to his corner waving to his uncles. He wouldn’t do that with me he would concentrate.”