Tyson Fury won the Irish heavyweight title by scoring a routine fifth round stoppage win over Martin Rogan at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland on Saturday night.
The 23 year-old from Manchester, as unpredictable as ever, fought the entire fight as a southpaw. Rogan, who is in his 40th year, started the fight positively, coming forward and trying to land the big right hand. But by the third round Fury had upped his game and slowly began to wear the older man down with some heavy left hands to the head and body, one of which floored the brave local boxer towards the end of the third round.
Rogan made it through to the bell and fought his way back in the fourth round but a left hook by Fury to the body sent Rogan crashing to the canvas for the second time. Rogan managed to scrabble to his feet but the referee and his trainer stepped in at the same time to stop the fight. Rogan protested at the stoppage but the correct call was made.
Fury’s win improves his record to 18-0.
Speaking to Channel 5 after the fight Fury said: "I found it comfortable to get left handed in that fight.
"I’m a world-class heavyweight and I’m going to try different things."
On the undercard Chris Eubank Jr made it three wins in as many fights by stopping Paul Allison in the fourth of a six round bout. Allison proved a tough foe for pretty much the entire fight by soaking up everything the young Eubank threw at him. The bout looked to be heading for the scorecards when Eubank pounced after Allison made a mistake and impressively dismantled him with some well timed counter punching midway through the fourth session.
vacant Irish light middleweight title Joe Hillerby w pts 10 Willie Thompson
light middleweight John O’Donnell w pts 8 Martin Welsh
cruiserweight Michael Sweeney w pts 6 Darren Corbett
middleweight Dee Walsh w tko 4 Tommy Tolan
featherweight Mark McCullough w tko 1 Sean Watson
super middleweight Paul Moffett w pts 4 Ciaran Healy
cruiserweight Conall Carmichael w pts 4 Moses Matovu