Martin Rogan heads for Super Eight in New Zealand

Mark Dunlop and Martin Rogan
Mark Dunlop and Martin Rogan

Martin Rogan will head to New Zealand in June to take part in the world’s biggest ever Super Eight Boxing Tournament.

Rogan will travel to the other side of the world to try and get his hands on a £250,000 prize fund in Auckland on June 4.

The format will be similar to the UK ‘Prizefighter’ competition, however the big difference this time is the prize money on offer is over £100,000 to the winner and £50,000 to the runner up.

In total there is over £250,000 up for grabs on the night and this includes a guaranteed £7,500 to all contestants for their first fights – and also includes KO win bonuses.

And Rogan says he is looking forward to the challenge.

“This is a huge opportunity for me and I am determined to win this.

“I am going down there to win the title and bring it back home.

“The money is good – but if I go down there and win it I will be back in the mix.

“I’ve done it before and I’m going to do it again, this time in a more spectacular fashion.

“I will be knocking out anyone who they put in front of me. I’ve a lot of family down in New Zealand, and they have promised me when I win the Super Eight they will celebrate me as their new president,” he added.

And Rogan says he will be returning to his old come-forward fighting style.

“I have been trying to box a bit more – but I am going back to do what I do best. I am good at putting guys under pressure and then taking them out.

“This is a huge opportunity for me and I am determined to take it,” said Rogan.

Michael Sprott and Kali Meehan have also been added to the event and more names will follow shortly.

Meanwhile, Luke Wilton was stopped in two rounds by Lee Haskins in Bristol on Saturday night.

Wilton was down twice in the second round and the fight was stopped by the referee.

But Wilton deserves credit as he took the fight at two days notice and he also jumped up two weight divisions.

p Ricky Burns vowed to bounce back at world title level and fight on for another 10 years after losing his WBO lightweight belt to unbeaten American Terence Crawford.

The 30-year-old suffered his first defeat in 10 world title fights after a unanimous points decision loss in front of a capacity 10,000 crowd at the SECC in Glasgow.

Two judges scored the fight 116-112 in the Omaha fighter’s favour and the other gave a wider margin of 117-111 to the challenger.

The Coatbridge fighter said: “Boxing is all I have ever wanted to do and I will be back. This is just a setback for me. There are some big fights out there for me. My hunger to box is the same, whether I was world champion or not, my attitude towards it doesn’t change at all.

“I’ve got another good 10 years in me. I’m 31 in April and, easy, another 10 years. The support I got was unbelievable and I’ll definitely be back.

“Domestically there are some big fights out there but the way I would like to go, if we don’t get a rematch.”