By Jonny Stapleton
Martin Rogan applauded Tyson Fury’s decision to do some stand up comedy in aid of Sport Relief, but warned the giant heavyweight people will be laughing because he will be left lying down when the pair met in theOdyssey Arena on April 14.
During a bizarre boxing press conference, which played host to a sing off and two impromptu comedy routines, ‘The Iron Man’ claimed he would prove he still has the fighting Xfactor.
The Belfast favourite said he will be cracking heads not jokes when the pair trade leather and is determined to propel himself back to the top of the heavyweight charts.
Rogan, who demanded he make his ring entrance second because the fight is taking place in what he continually called ‘My City’, promised to inflict untold damage on the 6’9 giant 23 year old.
“Fair play to Tyson for getting involved with Sport Relief. He might be doing some stand up comedy for them, but he will be doing the lying down when he faces me,” Rogan said before putting on a pair of jokeglasses following Fury’s stand up efforts with an impression of the lateFrank Carson.
“I am going to do unreal damage when we get in the ring. I’m going to show what destruction I can really put together during that fight.There’s a good opportunity for me as well, at the minute Tyson Fury is world No6 and not everybody gets an opportunity to fight somebody in the top 10 everyday of the week. I am going to go from not featuring in the rankings to being in the top 10. I’m thankfull that I’ve got this lifeline to fight him. It’s a good opportunity for him to get into the ring and get beat by a good, hard Irishman.”
The 40 year old veteran knows this could prove last chance saloon and he is sure he will not let his chance to once again become a serious title contender slip through his gloves.
The leader of Hennessy Promotions next generation, Fury has been linked to the World Champion Klitschko brothers over the past number of years. Indeed he has been touted as a potential opponent by the brothers themselves.
And although he is adamant he isn’t looking past the Manchester born fighter of Antirm descent, former Commonwealth champion Rogan is aware he could be back in world title contention if he defeats one of BritishBoxing’s highest profile names.
“It’s only right that Klitschko mentioned Tyson Fury (as apossible opponent) after his last fight because he is in the top 10, if he didn’t mention him there would be something seriously wrong. At one stage after beating Audley Harrison and Matt Skelton, I didn’t get the crack of the whip that I should have got, I should have already fought for a world title a long time ago after the damage that I done in the heavyweight division but unfortunately I never got [a shot]. I don’t cry over spilt milk, I just move onto the next episode and the next episode in my career at the minute is Tyson so I have to look at that.”