TYSON Fury has claimed Martin Rogan “can’t beat him” ahead of their Irish Heavyweight title clash on Saturday.
The undefeated former British and Commonwealth champion has also vowed to out-class Rogan when he takes on the Irishman at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast.
What had been one of the more laid back build-ups to a heavyweight clash, with both men singing at their first press conference last month, finally took a heated turn at their appearance before the media yesterday, Tuesday.
Fury, who has won 12 of his 17 fights by knockout, said: “This has been a long time coming off.
“This is my world title fight, the Irish heavyweight championship of the world. It couldn’t be any better. This is what it’s all about.
“He (Rogan) may be a great fighter but there’s a difference in great and supreme, world class and domestic, you’re talking, listening, to a world-class athlete.
“I’m going to hit Martin Rogan with that many left jabs he’s going to be begging for the right hand to come and knock him out. It’s going to be crazy.”
Rogan, a former Commonwealth champion himself, hit back.
“He’ll be thinking Martin’s over the hill, he’s been round the block, all this pantomime crap, but realistically come Saturday night at 10pm, there will be a pantomime, and it will be Tyson Fury running around the ring on his tip-toes away from me,” he said.
Rogan also claimed Fury was looking past him after the Morecambe man’s promoter Mick Hennessy talked up the chances of a clash with the Klitschkos somewhere down the line.
He said: “Fury is overlooking me once again. He thinks it is going to be an easy ride for him.
“It’s looks very much like he’s already looked past me. I haven’t looked past Saturday night. My eyes are firmly on taking him out and that’s what I’m going to do. I’m prepared to die in the ring.”
Fury, ranked in the world’s top ten by the WBC, said he was in the best shape of his career.
He said: “In the past I’ve been messing around. If half the people in this room knew what I did before fights they’d be thinking ‘how is he winning fights?’
“It doesn’t matter if he’s (Rogan) run 500 miles, if he’s trained with 14 armies, if he’s had a million sparring partners, it doesn’t matter if he’s got 16 hands. He can’t beat me.”
You can watch the whole press conference here
The fight will be broadcast live on Channel 5.