Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 December 2014

Rogan’s big night at Odyssey scrapped

Less than two weeks after he announced his WBU heavyweight title fight, Martin Rogan has been forced to cancel the Odyssey event.

The British Boxing Board of Control have made it clear that they will not sanction WBU title fights and it has transpired that an organisation in American and another in Germany both lay claim to the lightly-regarded belt.

Rogan had claimed that his clash with Panamanian Luis Andres Pineda on October 27 would be a World title fight but everyone in boxing knows the true champions are Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko.

The Ukrainian brothers are the target of Tyson Fury who returns to the ring tomorrow night in the King’s Hall against North American champion Nicolai Firtha.

The cancellation of Rogan’s fight could now lead to the Belfast man taking on Fury in Belfast in November, assuming the British and Commonwealth champion comes through against Firtha.

The Odyssey Arena remains booked for October 27 but it seems highly unlikely that the show will go ahead.

The former Commonwealth heavyweight champion can only hope that he receives one final offer to face Fury otherwise his career could well remain on hold, having recently pulled out of an EU title fight.

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