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Martin Rogan looks to rewrite history at Prizefighter

PRIZEFIGHTER: Martin Rogan

PRIZEFIGHTER: Martin Rogan

  • by Nicky Fullerton
 

Martin Rogan will hope that history repeats itself on Saturday night as he takes to the ring at the York Hall in Bethnal Green for the Prizefighter International Heavyweights III competition.

Rogan won the first ever heavyweight Prizefighter event back in 2008 and he will be looking to get his hands on the trophy this time around.

The popular Belfast boxer is joined on the bill by Claus Bertino, Timo Hoffmann, Derric Rossy Albert Sosnowski, Ian Lewison, Travis Walker and Audley Harrison.

Poland’s former WBF World title holder Sosnowski has fought 54 times in his 15 years as a professional, including a shot at the WBC belt against Vitali Klitschko in 2010.

German Hoffmann also has considerable ring experience having boxed 342 rounds in his 50-fight career.

Danish boxer Bertino and New York’s Rossycomplete a line-up which shares a total of 135 KO wins in 262 fights.

And Rogan is looking forward to getting started at the sold-out York Hall event.

“I am lookiing forward to it and I am going there to get the job done. I won this event back in 2008 - so I know what it is all about.

“Training and sparring have gone well and I will do the business at the York Hall. Another Prizefighter heavyweight title is on it’s way to Belfast,” he added.

Rogan saw off Ladislav Kovarik at the Odyssey on the undercard of Carl Frampton’s European title victory against Kiko Martinez.

And ‘Rogie’ says it was good to get the four rounds under his belf before Prizefighter.

“Come February 23 I will have benefited from those four rounds. I still had another week and a half of sparring ahead of me after the Odysey fight. I will certainly be fit.

“You can expect a different guy coming into the ring. I can’t wait,” said Rogan.

“He was a very durable opponent. I know other fighters stop him, but I wasn’t going out to stop him.

“If it came it came, but I have been working hard in the gym and we wanted the rounds too.

“I am usually hell bent for leather and I come out of the traps firing. I am not know for boxing or my boxing skill and I want to try and a add a bit of that to the package.

“I wasn’t 100 percent against Kovarik because I haven’t had much action over the year, but I will step it up a gear for the Prizefighter event,” he added.

Meawhile Gavin Rees came up well short against rising star Adrien Broner, who retained his WBC lightweight title with a fifth-round stoppage in Atlantic City.

Rees was down in the fourth round before the fight was stopped in the fifth.

“He’s the best I’ve been in with. He’s world champion for a reason,” Rees said. “He’s already grown into a superstar.

“I made a lot of mistakes. My skillset’s a lot better than that so I’m disappointed in a way.

“He was catching me with some great shots and the gameplan went out of the window. When you’re stunned you don’t think properly.”

 

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