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.”
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 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.
The Titanic battle between Fury and Rogan, proudly presented by Hennessy Sports, will be 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.
The pain of missing out on the Olympics still hurts Fury but he says winning the Irish title will help to ease that pain.
“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,” commented 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.”