WHEN Martin Rogan had his jaw shattered in the first round of a contest against up and coming heavyweight Erkan Teper, fight fans taught they had seen the last of the ‘Entertainer’ performing in the ring.
Not only was it strange to see the gutsy heavyweight fall to the canvas in such dramatic fashion, but news he had suffered a broken draw had fight fans waving the white flag on ‘Big Rogie’s’ behalf.
However, the 43 returns to the ring next weekend in the Super 8, Newzeland’s version of Prizefighter and fights for an $200,000 winners prize.
Rogan stresses said he went into his last fight, against Germany’s Erkan Teper, in November on the back of limited preparation, and paid a hefty price.
The ‘Iron Man’ also says his jaw had healed, he was in a much better place mentally, and was looking forward to squaring off against England’s Michael Sprott in his Super 8 quarterfinal.
”Unlike a couple of my last fights, I have had several months to prepare and have been training really hard and feel in the best condition I have in ages.”
”Life has a strange way of planning things out. I believe all things happen for a reason and my reason for coming here is to beat Sprott and move on,” Rogan said.
”Michael is a cagey and brave fighter who knows the sport really well, so I will have to put pressure on him, stay on him and use my better hand speed to catch him.”