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Boxing: Big Rogie back on track

By David Kelly

Published 21/09/2007

Martin Rogan returns to the ring on October 13 in Belfast
Martin Rogan returns to the ring on October 13 in Belfast

Martin Rogan will get his career going again on Saturday October 13 at the Park Avenue Hotel, Belfast.

The unbeaten heavyweight has been kicking his heels on the sidelines over the past 12 months but is now hoping that he can move quickly into contention for Irish and British titles.

Rogan will be the main supporting act to the Northern Ireland area light-welterweight title fight between James Gorman and kick-boxing champion Gary Hamilton.

The show is the latest offering from Jane Wilton and her Belfast Boxing Promotions outfit, run with husband Alan who manages and coaches Gorman.

The Wiltons are hoping to revive the Northern Ireland titles for their small hall shows as well as having Irish title fights and possibly British Masters titles.

Wilton is delighted to have Rogan on the show, which he hopes is just like his previous bill at the Holiday Inn which gave the fans value for money.

Gorman and Hamilton may not be household names but on paper it is an even match and should be a lively ten-rounder.

The bill will also feature Scott Jordan hoping to bounce back from the first defeat of his career while Ballyclare's Willie Thompson will be aiming to chalk up his third straight victory.

But most will be keen to see how Belfast man Rogan performs after such a long time out of the ring.

Rogan said: "I'm just delighted to be getting back in the ring because it has been far too long.

"I've been working hard and I want to get back in and show people what I've got. I know that I'm not far away from fighting for an Irish title and down the line a British title."

Wilton has similar plans for Gorman should he come through against Hamilton.

"If James beats Hamilton then he can go on and fight for the Irish title or maybe the British Masters title.

"It's a good even match and it's another show to keep all the boys busy. It's been years and years since we had regular fights for the Northern Ireland titles and I want to put on a lot more."

Tickets are priced at £25 and £40 and are available from Alan Wilton on 07880926596.

Meanwhile, Scotland's Alex Arthur has vowed to "gatecrash" the premier league of super-featherweights after confirming plans to defend his interim WBO title in Edinburgh in December.

He will fight at Meadowbank Stadium on December 15, making the first defence of the interim title after beating Georgian Koba Gogoladze in Cardiff in July. An opponent has still to be named.

The 29-year-old is relishing the chance to end the year boxing in front of a crowd in his home city, even if he is slightly disappointed about being made to wait for a clash with Joan Guzman.

Guzman is the official holder of the WBO title, and Arthur is eager to test himself against the Dominican.

"I'd love to fight Guzman," said Arthur. "He's part of the elite group of maybe four or five super-featherweights, and I plan to gatecrash their party.

" I've had a long apprenticeship and now it's time for me to get some big fights. I want to fight three or four times in 2008 and establish myself as the best super-featherweight in the world."

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