British heavyweight prospect Tyson Fury is searching for a new opponent after Irish veteran Martin Rogan rejected the chance to face him in Belfast, Northern Ireland, according to Fury's promoter.
Rogan, 40, was ringside at Wembley Arena last month to see the undefeated Fury (15-0, 10 knockouts) beat Dereck Chisora on points and had declared he wanted to “knock out” the British and Commonwealth champion.
However, according to Fury’s promoter Mick Hennessey, Rogan has back tracked on that boast, leaving his 23-year-old rising star from Manchester without any firm plans for the rest of 2011.
“I can’t believe Martin has turned down the offer to fight Tyson,” said Hennessy. “He was given everything he wanted – one of the best purses he’s ever had, a chance to fight for both titles and in his home city.
“In the end he talked a good fight but that was all. He just didn’t want to fight him, and that’s a shame. Tyson can’t wait to get back in the ring after such a great win against Chisora.”
Where Fury heads next is unclear. Another possible opponent, the unbeaten Canadian Neven Pajkic, reportedly has also sidestepped an opportunity to meet him.