Belfast Telegraph

Euro shot on Martin Rogan’s radar

By David Kelly

Martin Rogan is heading for a European heavyweight title shot in 2011, according to his manager Brian Peters.

Rogan was surprisingly forced to go the distance over six rounds with journeyman Werner Kreiskott on Saturday night at Castlebar's Breaffy House Resort, following on from his first round stoppage win two weeks ago but Peters is determined to find the avenue towards a shot at the EBU belt.

European champion Alexander Dimitrenko faces Albert Sosnowski on December 4 and Peters is hoping he can guide the 39-year-old towards a showdown with the winner.

“If Sosnowski was to win I could make the fight with Rogan very quickly because he is looked after by Matchroom Promotions. If Dimitrenko wins — and he is the favourite — then it would be more difficult,” said Peters.

“But the European title is the direction we want to go. I'm not looking for him to box for the British or Commonwealth titles because they seem to be tied up in Britain in a bubble, a merry-go-round of fighters.”

Peters was in negotiations with promoter Frank Maloney to have him placed on the supporting bill to Martin Lindsay's British featherweight title defence at the King's Hall on December 15 but for the moment they seem to have fallen through as they couldn't agree terms.

Rogan's 59-56 victory came just an hour after he learned of the sad passing of his cousin, Susan Greaves.

“It was very hard to go out there than and concentrate on what I was supposed to do. Still, under the circumstances, I think I did okay,” said Rogan.

Cavan's Andy Murray enjoyed the biggest win of his career when he defeated Brazilian Clauninei Lacerda over ten competitive rounds in the main event.

Lightweight Murray is also seeking to move into European title contention and certainly demonstrated his resolve when he got off the floor in the first round to record a 98-92 victory.

“I was more off balance than anything else with the knockdown, but it was still a good punch and I wasn't complaining about the count,” he said.

“My trainer, John Breen, told me in the corner after the first round, ‘That's gone’ and just to concentrate on one round at a time which I did.”

Belfast man Ciaran Healy stepped up from middleweight and scored the most spectacular win of the night when he claimed the Irish light-heavyweight title with a fifth round stoppage of defending champion John Waldron.

Healy had beaten Waldron on his debut two years ago and came back to haunt him, with a succession of blows forcing the stoppage with one minute and 57 seconds gone in the round.

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