Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 26 October 2014

Rogan aims for top prize

Martin Rogan says he is ready to be "the last man standing" when he competes in Sky's glittering Prizefighter event tomorrow night.

Heavyweight Rogan believes he will be an instant hit when the one-night tournament kicks off -both in and outside off the ring.

"I'm feeling in great shape and ready to go - and I've got the fake tan on as well so I should look pretty good for the cameras!" says Rogan, who calls himself The Entertainer.

"This is a great opportunity for me, and already because of the publicity so far, I've had a lot of people wishing me all the best, and I'm determined to be the last man standing, the Prizefighter.

"It's not just going to be seen in Britain, but all over the world as well, so the exposure will be tremendous."

The 16-and-a-half stone Belfast man is quite blunt when it comes to tactics for the three fights of three rounds duration, which he will have to come through in order to land the top prize of £25,000.

"I'm going out there to dominate from the start. The three rounds will suit me and three fights in one night is no problem because I'm always in great shape," added Rogan, who starts against Alex Ibbs of Stoke.

"It's a great chance for me to show the rest of Britain that the Entertainer is worthy of a shot at the British title, and with the title of the Prizefighter, that is going to open the door to bigger fights because of the exposure that it will bring.

"It's all about having the right profile. I could be fighting in Dublin or Cork or Belfast and win, but not have the same publicity as I'll get for being on the Prizefighter.

"Hopefully I'll get a good win against Ibbs, and the way the semi-finals are lined up, I'm confident I'll be in the final.

"A lot of people seem to be saying that David Dolan is the favourite, but he has a very tough fight against Darren Morgan in the quarter-finals.

"I was the first man to beat Morgan, but he's a tough guy and he seems to be in good shape, and over three rounds I wouldn't be surprised if he defeated Dolan."

Meanwhile, Bernard Dunne returns to the ring on Saturday night in Castlebar, Mayo, when he meets former World super-flyweight champion Felix Machado.

Dunne has not fought since he suffered that first round knockout at the hands of Kiko Martinez, who has since lost his European super-bantamweight title.

Dubliner Dunne says he is ready to rebuild his career with an impressive victory against Venezuelan Machado.

"I've worked very well in training, I'm feeling stronger than ever before, and just can't wait to get back in the ring and return with a good win," said Dunne.

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