Tyson Fury has been left fuming by Martin Rogan’s decision to reject a highly lucrative offer to face the British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion at the King’s Hall on September 17.
Fury’s promoter Mick Hennessy was yesterday informed by Rogan that he would not be willing to face Fury. This came 24 hours after he reportedly stated, regarding Fury, that he would “knock him out and beat him senseless”.
Hennessy said: “I can’t believe that Martin has turned down the offer to fight Tyson. He was given all he wanted — one of the best purses he’s ever had, a chance to fight for both titles and fighting in his home city.
“In the end Martin talked a good fight with Tyson but that was all, he just didn’t want to fight him and that’s a shame.”
Unbeaten Canadian Neven Pajkic was the second choice but he has also refused to face Fury who is now one of the hottest properties in world boxing.
Fury, who was denied the chance to box for Ireland at the Olympics three years ago, will now move on and face a new opponent.
Hennessy added: “Tyson can’t wait to get back in the ring after such a great win against Dereck Chisora.”
Meanwhile, Beijing Olympian John Joe Joyce claimed an 18-8 victory in the first contest of the Open Elite box-offs in Dublin last night against Commonwealth Games gold medalist Paddy Gallagher.
Joyce will now meet Roy Sheehan in an all-St Michael's Athy quarter-final today. The box-offs are to help selection for the World Championships.
Michael O'Reilly defeated Brian Brosnan 13-8, while Antrim’s Stephen Donnelly had a convincing 14-4 win over Graham Hogan.
2008 Olympic silver medalist Ken Egan has moved up from light-heavyweight to heavyweight, while Con Sheehan, the current Irish Elite heavyweight champion, moves up to super-heavyweight.
Egan will meet Belfast’s Tommy McCarthy — a repeat of the 2009 and 2010 light-heavyweight Elite finals which Egan won — in tomorrow's semi-finals.
Sheehan, meanwhile, meets current Elite super-heavyweight champion Cathal McMonagle in the last four.
Today’s quarter-finals: 56Kg: Shane Cox (Gorey) v Tyrone McCullagh (Holy Family GG); 60Kg: Sean McComb (Holy Trinity) v Mark O'Hara (Holy Trinity); 60Kg: Eric Donovan (St Michael's Athy) v Gavin Keating (St Saviours OBA); 69Kg: Niall Murray (Gorey) v Adam Nolan (Bray); 69Kg; Roy Sheehan (St Michael's Athy) v TBA; 75Kg: Stephen O'Reilly (Twintowns) v Conor Coyle (St Josephs); 75Kg: Shane Murtagh (Crumlin) v Rory O'Donoghue (Watergrasshill); 75Kg: Shane Murtagh (Holy Trinity) v David Walsh (Holy Trinity); 75Kg: Jason Quigley (Finn Valley) v Andrew Jennings (St Catherines); 91+Kg: Chris Devanney (Dockers) v Ken Okungbowa (Athlone)
Friday’s Semi- Finals:
52Kg: Michael Conlon (St John Bosco) v Declan Geraghty (Crumlin); 52Kg: Chris Phelan (Ryston) v Ruairi Dalton (Holy Trinity); 56Kg: Danny Coughlan (St Anne's) v Michael Stephens (Drimnagh); 56Kg: Glen Murray (St Saviours OBA) v Winner; 64Kg: Ross Hickey (Grangecon) v Stephen Carroll (Drimnagh); 64Kg: Sonny Upton (Holy Family GG) v Philip Sutcliffe (Crumlin); 81Kg: Patrick O'Shea (Sunnyside) v Danny O'Brien (St Lukes); 91Kg: Stephen Ward (Monkstown) v Jimmy Sweeney (Drimnagh); 91Kg: Tommy McCarthy (Oliver Plunkett) v Ken Egan (Neilstown); 91+kg; Con Sheehan (Clonmel) v Cathal McMonagle (Holy Trinity); 91+Kg: Sean Turner (Drimnagh) v Winner