TYSON Fury and Martin Rogan will fight for the vacant Irish heavyweight title at the Odyssey Arena on April 14.
The Boxing Union of Ireland have confirmed that Fury has the right to box for the title after proving his Irish ancestry with some help from his cousin and World middleweight title contender Andy Lee.
Undefeated former British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion Fury says he is “thrilled” to be boxing for the Irish title and thanked Lee and his family after they backed his campaign to prove his Irish roots.
“Andy’s father went to the Boxing Union of Ireland and signed an affidavit that my grandmother was Irish so all the talk about me being Irish or not has been put to bed,” explained Fury.
“Fighting Martin Rogan at the Odyssey Arena was always a fight that I wanted and now for it to be confirmed for the Irish title is fantastic.”
Fury says that he is going to be in the shape of his life for the fight, even better than when he won the British and Commonwealth titles from Dereck Chisora last summer.
“I’m not going to make excuses, I had some problems that I was going through in my last two fights but this time I will be in unbelievable shape and I think everyone will be shocked by just how good I look,” added Fury.
Mick Hennessy said: “Tyson has already won the English, British and Commonwealth titles, he now wants to add the Irish and European belts to his collection on route to winning a genuine world title. In doing this he will become the first ever boxer to do so .”
Joining Tyson Fury, Martin Rogan will be middleweight sensation Chris Eubank Jr from Brighton, Former Commonwealth Champion Irishman John O’Donnell from Shepherd’s Bush, Belfast fighters Jamie Conlan, Dee Walsh, Darren Corbett, Tommy Tolan, Ciaran Healy, Marc Mccullough, Conall Carmichael, Moses Matovu and County Mayo’s Michael Sweeney.