Tyson Fury knocks Martin Rogan out with southpaw tactics, promoter marvels at performance

14 Apr

Alan Dawson – London

With a safety-first attitude, Tyson Fury outboxed Martin Rogan en route to a fifth round technical knockout at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland on Saturday, April 14. Fury boxed in a southpaw stance, dropped Rogan twice and deconstructed the veteran with right jabs and left hooks. His promoter, Mick Hennessy, claimed he could beat ‘Regular’ WBA heavyweight championship incumbent Aleksandr Povetkin tomorrow, but wants to keep Fury active and will look to book him into a June 30 contest, likely in Belfast.

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Dawson’s scorecard

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Fury
9 9 10 10 10

Rogan
10 10 8
9 8

Official verdict: Fury wins by way of fifth round technical knockout.

Fury put self-documented problems at home (split and reconciliation with his wife, Paris), issues with weight (he claimed he ballooned-up over Christmas and had to lose over 80 pounds), controversies in his profession (Rogan argued Manchester-born Tyson had no right to challenge for an Irish championship) and the pro-Martin crowd to the side as he oxidised The Iron Man’s rusty challenge and secured an impressive fifth round triumph that – typically for a Fury fight – contained as many talking points as the heavily-promoted build-up provided.

Astonishingly, Fury began the fight as a southpaw. Having boxed his entire professional career in an orthodox posture, Fury switched trainers last year – departing from Hughie Fury, employing Peter Fury – and, with the new coaching staff, came a new posture as he sought to establish a right jab. Rogan, though, was not confused and – typically for the Belfast man – went after his opponent with his left foot forward and his right hands thrown over the top.

In round two, Tyson’s tentativeness paved the way for Rogie’s (temporary) ascendancy as he pumped left gloves into Fury’s midsection and attached heavy leather with a right hand to the mush.

In the third, Fury attempted to let his fists go… he looped a right hand around the side, feinted with his shoulders, kept Rogan at bay with a half-jab, popped out one-two combinations, parried Rogan’s lead shot with his mitts and connected with his own left uppercut. With a minute remaining on the round clock, Fury cracked a straight left onto his opponent’s nose and, moments later, he scored a flash knockdown with a left hook set-up by a succession of southpaw jabs. Clearly dazed, Rogan retreated to his stool with a cut on the bridge of his beak.

Boxing with the names of his kids on his trunks – Prince and Venezuela – Fury did not rush Rogan in the fourth round. Praised for his entertaining style in his preceding 17 professional fights, against Martin – in his 18th – he showed a cerebral side to his game. He was patient, waited for his openings and, phenomenally for an experiment, executed the southpaw jab with a mature precision. Rogan did attempt to rally late in the stanza but the dynamite he attempted to light was snuffed out as his shots struck the arms and gloves of a defensively-honed Tyson.

Nose-bound jabs, chin-checking left hooks and one-two combos filled the fifth round as Fury asserted a controlled dominance over Rogan. Martin had been boxing on the front-foot in the opening two rounds but his backward steps were telling as he attempted to get away from Tyson’s body-shots. It was the work to the middle that proved to be Rogan’s undoing as he dropped to his knees, clutched his gut and grimaced in clear agony as his mouth leaked streaky spittle. The 41-year-old did well to beat the count, and referee David Irving was ready to allow him to box on, but Rogan was pulled out of the bout by his corner.

Question marks over Fury’s ability to take a punch arose following his canvassing in the Pajkic fight but with a new fight style – methodical and leftie – Tyson boxed with a more safety-first attitude as opposed to his erstwhile attack-happy pomp. The move gained instant dividends with the careful destruction of Rogan and paves the way for more intriguing match-ups should he continue with similarly effective tactics in the future.

“I was just practicing a few things,” Fury said to Channel 5 interviewer Al Bernstein with the Irish heavyweight championship belt draped over his shoulder: “I [was] comfortable as I’m left handed anyway. I’m a world class heavyweight. I’m ambidextrous. I can hit as hard with my left as I can with my right and it’s just one of many things we practiced in the gym and Rogan was the man we practiced on.”

Commenting on the conclusive punch, he added: “It was a hook to the body. [And] can I just say one thing… Rogan has the heart of a warrior. I’ll take my hat off [takes hat off] Rogan is a true Irish warrior. I [now] want to bring big fights to Ireland.”

Fury’s promoter Mick Hennessy lauded the performance of his premier prizefighter: “How many heavyweights can do that in world boxing? He didn’t turn back from southpaw once. That jab was sensational and he never really got out of third gear. Peter has gotten him in great shape and he can go all the way. We’ll keep him busy now. He’s got the Irish belt, he’s had the British and Commonwealth, European would be nice… then the world.

“He would beat [Regular WBA titlist Aleksandr] Povetkin tomorrow, let’s be real here. We’re going to manoeuvre him into a position where we bring them over here.”

With the win, Fury moved to 18-0-0, 13ko and will next box on June 30.

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7 Responses to “Tyson Fury knocks Martin Rogan out with southpaw tactics, promoter marvels at performance”

  1. EZ E April 14, 2012 at 10:11 pm #

    NOT CONVINCED!! Not at all. Not one teenee weenee bit. Nada!! Zip!! Nothing!

    • On The Beak April 14, 2012 at 10:34 pm #

      I liked this one! Every fight Fury has, I like him just that little bit more but the level of opposition really has to get higher if he is to warrant that world ranking. People can point to the Chisora victory but that Chisora on that night was overweight. That was not the Helenius/Vitali Chisora. I still have my doubts. His body work looked good tonight, imo, but it was against a man the wrong side of 40. Will be interesting to see who the next guy is.

      • EZ E April 14, 2012 at 10:59 pm #

        Chisora “victory”??!! hmmm… Okay, like the first MCDermott fight?? Man, I just can’t see to get excited about this kid. I have copies of at least a half dozen of his fights and don’t see anything special. yeah, he has some talent but not enough to cover the hype behind him.

      • On The Beak April 14, 2012 at 11:13 pm #

        He has gotten hyped, but the difference in the Fury from that first McDermott fight (easily a Big John win) compared to the Fury of now is quite big.

      • EZ E April 14, 2012 at 11:48 pm #

        Well… I wouldn’t say “big” but yes, he has improved a bit. BUT.. would YOU say that he’s all that the hype is making him out to be?? Just asking. Honestly, I only consider him more of a local ‘hope’ than a international threat.

      • On The Beak April 14, 2012 at 11:58 pm #

        Not worth the hype, no. But domestic media – particularly broadcasters – get over-excited about their own products. Honestly, I see him as more than a local hope. I think he’s around the Euro level. If we take the Klitschko brothers out of the equation, the heavyweight division is fairly competitive. Until Fury fights someone like Chagaev, Pulev, Dimitrenko, Helenius, Adamek, Chambers, even a Chisora rematch, it’s hard to say where he realistically fits in. I do think there’s more to come from him though and I liked what we saw tonight. I think the change in style is to mask what is potentially a vulnerable chin.

      • EZ E April 15, 2012 at 3:08 am #

        Well, you do have a point, but.. like you very well said, until he faces a top fighter or two the jury will remain in deliberations. When he does and SUCCEEDS then he’ll make a believer out of me/many and I’ll have no problems in eating a large slice of ‘crow pie’ and giving him his due props. It’s not that I have a dislike for Fury, It’s more like I see him as another over-hyped heavy setting the fans up for disappointment. He won’t disappoint me because I don’t believe he has the goods BUT… he can actually SURPRISE me if… if… if… he steps it up and comes out on top.

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