31 July 2009 – By Mark Doyle
Sam Sexton believes he has landed a crucial early psychological blow ahead of his Commonwealth heavyweight title defence against Martin Rogan.
The pair came face-to-face again at a press conference in Belfast on Thursday and former champion Rogan, clearly still seething after being controversially stopped in their first meeting in May, launched into a furious diatribe against Sexton.
Some claimed that Sexton was left rattled by Rogans passionate outburst but the champion insists that nothing could be further from the truth.
“Rogan has got a screw loose up top and I think I’ve got him wound up so much that he’s doesn’t know what he’s doing or saying, he argued.
“He was just plain crackers, banging the table with his hands and rambling on and on about wanting to crush me and paint me on the canvas.
“At one point his mouth was foaming up and I thought his eyes were going to pop out of his head!
“Boxing is about controlled aggression and if he’s lost it at a press conference then he’s going to lose it again on October 9th and I’m going to be in control.
“I read in the press that I was left shaken afterwards which made me laugh, I came away feeling that had a scored a big victory.
“Rogan is a bully, he tried to bully me in the fight and didn’t work, he tried to bully me at the press conference and it didn’t work. A bully gets what he deserves and that’s a good pasting.
“Now our press conference is out of the way I don’t have to see him until October so I can just concentrate on my training and get myself in the best shape ever.”
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