McCloskey v Katsidis? Rogan in Prizefighter?
By Jonny Stapleton
Eddie Hearn has offered both Martin Rogan and Paul McCloskey a chance to redeemed their most recent defeats and make a surprise return to the boxing big time.
‘Big Rogie’ has been offered a spot on Prizefighter the International Heavyweights, set for the York Hall on June 20, whilst McCloskey could be on course for an very intriguing fight with Michael Katsidis in September.
It seemed retirement was the only path open to popular Belfast battler, Rogan after he became Tyson Fury’s latest victim back in April.
However, the inaugural Prizefighter winner has been giving another chance to bask in the boxing limelight after Hearn offered him a slot on the 25th instalment of Prizefighter.
Top-rated American Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson has confirmed his participation, along with Albert Sosnowski of Poland, Kali Meehan of New Zealand and the U.K’s Tom Dallas.
And according to Hearn’s Twitter page, invites have been sent out to ‘Big Rogie’, 2008 U.S Olympian Deontay Wilder, as well as well-known British warrior John McDermott.
Rogan was offered a slot on the last Prizefigher the international heavyweight card, but turned it down in the belief he had a WBF world title fight with Matt Skelton lined up- and the tournament was eventually won by Cork Cuban Mike Perez.
Retirement talk, albeit very premature, was heard after ‘Dudey’ lost to veteran DeMarcus Corley earlier this month. Hearn warned the fan favourite he would have to make a return to European or domestic level in September, but confirmed he is in talks with Australian Katsidis.
“The Great” is a former WBO interim lightweight champion, has shared the ring with Ricky Burns, Juan Manuel Marquez, Juan Diaz and Jeol Casamayor.
The 31 year old offers McCloskey a quicker route than expected back to world level and Hearn is eager to get that fight made for the monster card he has planned for Belfast on September 8.
“McCloskey v Katsidis is still a possibility for September,” Hearn tweeted.