If Tyson Fury is to be taken seriously as a heavyweight contender it is always implied that it will only happen when he adds stamina to his natural gifts of hand-speed, confidence, height and gumption. The latter he has already demonstrated in abundance. The pre-amble to his fight with Martin Rogan has centered on two things, Fury’s Irishness and his claim to the ‘crowd’ at the Belfast event and bold proclamations about previously unheralded fitness for his clash with the 40-year-old veteran. Weighing in at a lean 17 stone 7 pounds 12 ounces, or 245 pounds to our American cousins, Fury suggests he has employed some much needed discipline in preparation for this Irish Heavyweight title clash.
For his part Martin Rogan also cut a fully committed figure at 16 stone 4 pounds and 4 ounces (228 pounds) and looked characteristically motivated in the pictures circulated by promoter Hennessey Sports this afternoon. As always, Fury is must-see television and in Rogan has the perfect foil to further engage the viewing public to his talents and loveable rogue schtick.
Yes, the boxing purists would prefer to see Tyson Fury tackle David Price. But boxing purists are not the level-headed pragmatists they would have you believe. Boxing is, after all, an entertainment and profit making endeavour. Fury brings both, and in Rogan, has an aggressive opponent who all but ensure another good old fashioned ruck for the 2-3 million viewers Channel 5 will enjoy enthusing about boxing.
Chris Eubank Junior offers some intrigue on the undercard too.