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Martin Rogan relishing one final shot at the big time

By Steve Wellings

Belfast heavyweight Martin Rogan is aiming for a career swansong when he takes part in tomorrow's Super 8 tournament in Auckland, New Zealand.

The innovative competition offers a generous prize pool that sees the winner on the night walk away with a cheque for over £100,000.

That sort of reward was enough to tempt Rogan across the globe for one last crack at the big time.

The 43-year-old meets fellow veteran Michael Sprott in the quarter-final and with both men having won the UK Prizefighter in the past they will know what is required to prevail.

"The money is good, but if I go down there and win it I will be back in the mix," said 'Rogie'.

"I've done it before and I'm going to do it again, this time in a more spectacular fashion."

Rogan has vowed to ditch the back foot boxing approach that he has unsuccessfully employed in recent outings and instead revert back to the high intensity pressure-fighting that served him so well at his peak.

Ticking over at a local boxing club in the Christchurch region, Rogan has been shaping up with trainer Gerard McManus and promises to be in top condition come fight night.

"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," he said.

Martin will be joined in the elimination tournament by former world champion Hasim Rahman, ex-world title challenger Kali Meehan and fringe contender Alonzo Butler, while three untested New Zealand boxers make up the eight.

"This is a huge opportunity for me and I am determined to take it," added Rogan.

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