‘Rogie’ set to return to action at King’s Hall

By Staff Reporter

THE King’s Hall is set to stage another night of heavyweight boxing when Martin Rogan makes his long anticipated return to action against Matt Skelton.

This contest is a repeat of the memorable 2009 meeting between the pair when Rogan snatched the Commonwealth title from the grasp of ‘The Bedford Bear’.

While both men have spent the past 12 months largely inactive, this bout represents an opportunity to catapult themselves back into title contention.

At  a press gathering at the Balmoral Hotel on Monday, ‘The Iron Man’ admitted he will face a tough examination against his 44-year-old opponent but is confident that those in attendance will be treated to another ‘fight of the year’ contender.

“I am going to have to work very hard because Skelton will try to grind me down,” he said.

“I am sure everyone remembers the last time we met. It went down as one of the best British heavyweight fights of the decade.

“When this fight is over, one of us will be progressing for recognition for bigger prizes, so there is a lot at stake and that should make it a spectacular night of boxing.”

For Skelton, this also represents a glorious opportunity to get his career on track since losing a Prizefighter final to Michael Sprott last year.

The former British, Commonwealth and European champion revealed he was dealing with personal issues at the time of their first meeting but refused to make excuses and believes this is a chance for redemption.

“I know I took the fight with Martin Rogan at the wrong time – there was a lot going on in my personal life, but there’s no point crying over spilt milk,” he said.

“I thought it was a good fight. It’s an opportunity for revenge. I still want to be active and I still want to fight.

“If you get this fight out of the way and get the right fights, you don’t know what’s out there.”

The bill will feature plenty of local interest including the return of former British featherweight champion Martin Lindsay who returns to the venue he lost his title in last year.

Kevin ‘Sweet Pea’ O’Hara, Marco McCullagh, Stephen Haughian and Stephen Quinn will also feature on a special night for local fight fans.

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