Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

Rogan’s wait to fight Audley Harrison over

Martin Rogan’s on-off clash with Audley Harrison has been confirmed for December 6 at the Excel Arena in London.

Belfast man Rogan has already seen two dates be postponed, one through a television issue and the other due to an injury.

Now Rogan is hoping that he can have a solid block of training to be ready to take on the 2000 Olympic gold medallist.

The inaugural winner of the heavyweight prizefighter event on Sky television believes victory can open the door to a shot at the British or Commonwealth heavyweight title.

Rogan-Harrison will be part of the supporting bill to Nicky Cook’s defence of the WBO super-featherweight title and the show will also see the return to the ring of Amir Khan.

After suffering a stunning first-round defeat against Colombian Breidis Prescott in September, Khan had hoped to return on the Oscar De La Hoya-Manny Pacquiao undercard in Las Vegas on the same night.

However, it has been confirmed the 21-year-old will instead attempt to bounce back on home turf.

Freddie Roach, who replaced the sacked Jorge Rubio as Khan's coach, also trains Pacquiao and will therefore be unable to travel to London for Khan's fight, against an opponent yet to be named.

Khan teamed up with renowned American Roach recently and has been sparring with the explosive Filipino southpaw Pacquiao at Roach's Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, at the National Stadium in Dublin over the weekend, Shane McGuigan enjoyed two victories to take him through to this Friday night’s semi-finals.

Ulster senior welterweight champion McGuigan, who has moved up to light-middleweight, squeezed through on Friday night by a point against Martin Lynch.

But on Saturday night McGuigan, with dad Barry in the corner, had a more emphatic 15-9 victory over Monkstown’s Michael Bustard.

Derry light middle Conor Coyle came from two points down with 30 seconds remaining to finish all square at 11-11 with John Myers before winning on the countback.

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