Fury: ‘Irish title is my Olympic medal!’
Former British and Commonwealth champion Tyson Fury says winning the Irish heavyweight title will be like standing on the Olympic podium with a gold medal around his neck.
Fury meets Belfast hard man Martin Rogan for the vacant Irish title at the Odyssey Arena on April 14 four years on from being denied the opportunity to box for Ireland at the Olympics in Beijing.
And with the titanic battle being broadcast live on Channel 5, Fury is determined to show he is a true Irish warrior by knocking out Rogan and then going on to win the world heavyweight title.
‘When I knock out Rogan and get that Irish title around my waist it will be like me winning the gold medal at the Olympics. To win the title in the year of London 2012 will be very special,’ said Fury.
‘I always knew I was Irish and now everybody knows that those who prevented me from boxing for Ireland at the Olympics in Beijing denied Ireland an Olympic heavyweight gold medalist.
‘It hurt me deeply not being able to fight for Ireland at the Olympics and to win this Irish title will be just fantastic. I don't care about Wladimir or Vitali Klitschko, those guys can wait because winning the Irish heavyweight championship in Belfast means everything to me.
‘Wee Rogie is going to give it everything and I hope he has been training hard because I am going to be in the shape of my life. It's going to be a painful night for wee Rogie.
‘I have locked myself away like never before to make sure that I am ready to show the Irish people how good I am and how much it means to be Irish champion.’
Joining Tyson Fury, Martin Rogan will be middleweight sensation Chris Eubank Jr, making his third outing as a professional, and former Commonwealth champion Irishman John O'Donnell.