Big Rogie is coming back, and he wants to settle a few scores. After more than a year out of the ring, the popular heavyweight has his sights set on a reprise with longtime rival Sam Sexton [20(7)-3(3)].
The Belfast cabbie twice fought the Englishman at a packed Odyssey Arena in 2009. In their first battle, Rogan had Sexton out on his feet in the eight round and was appealing to referee Dave Parris to stop the bout. The man in the middle did not agree and the Norwich slugger regrouped. The fight would then be halted by the ringside doctor just seconds later due to a grotesque swelling of Rogan’s – giving Sexton the win.
In their hotly anticipated rematch, injury would again hinder the Irishman who was forced to withdraw after six rounds with a badly hurt neck and arm.
Speaking exclusively to irish-boxing.com, Rogan [16(8)-6(4)] admitted that “one thing that has been bothering me of late is the Sam Sexton fight.”
“I showed sportsmanship in the first fight and paid the price. That let me down.”
“What did the referee want me to put him in a stretcher to stop the fight.”
That fight still sits uneasy with me If I won that I would still be Commonwealth champion now.
The 44 year old wants to renew hostilities with his fellow Prizefighter winner, explaining that “I would like to settle the score there is unfinished business there.”
“Sam Sexton has never beaten me, the first fight I had him stopped, and in the second fight I had to retire with an injury I carried into the fight and eventually got an operation on.”
The former Irish title challenger concedes that “I have never beaten him either,” and wants desperately to change this, reasoning that “I think it’s a good fight and it is one I would like.”
Indeed, Rogie has big plans for a third installment, revealing that “I am talking to a few people about kicking on again and it would be great if we could get that fight in the Odyssey.”
“In terms of our rivalry we both need to put the icing on the cake and claim a proper win.”