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Irish glory just like Olympic gold: Fury

By David Kelly

Tyson Fury is counting down to what he believes will be the proudest moment of his career when he lands the Irish heavyweight title at the expense of Martin Rogan.

Fury has often spoken about his heartbreak at missing out on the 2008 Olympics due to Irish boxing politics and even claiming the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles did not ease that pain.

But now he says winning the vacant Irish heavyweight title at the Odyssey Arena on April 14 would go some way to making up for being prevented from representing Ireland in Beijing when he was unable to prove his Irish roots.

“I always knew I was Irish and now everybody knows that those who prevented me from boxing for Ireland at the Olympics in Beijing denied Ireland an Olympic heavyweight gold medalist,” said Fury.

“When I knock out Rogan and get that Irish title around my waist it will be like me winning the gold medal at the Olympics. To win the title in the year of London 2012 will be very special.

“It hurt me deeply not being able to fight for Ireland at the Olympics and to win this Irish title will be just fantastic.

“I don’t care about Wladimir or Vitali Klitschko, those guys can wait because winning the Irish heavyweight championship in Belfast means everything to me.

“Wee Rogie is going to give it everything and I hope he has been training hard because I am going to be in the shape of my life. It’s going to be a painful night for wee Rogie.

“I have locked myself away like never before to make sure that I am ready to show the Irish people how good I am and how much it means to be Irish champion.”

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