Rogan off to US as Belfast title fight KOd

WBU chief Dan ‘Moose’ Lewis believes the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) should be investigated by Scotland Yard for denying Irish heavyweight Martin Rogan a shot at a world title.

Belfast-born Rogan had been due to challenge Panama’s Luis Andreas Pineda for the WBU belt at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast on October 27.

But the BBBofC controversially refused to sanction the bout. Rogan has now been invited to challenge for the same title in the USA by Lewis.

“The title fight featuring Martin Rogan of Belfast will take place in the United States by year’s end, said Lewis in a statement.

“Due to the BBBofC’s decision to not reinstate the WBU as a recognised sanctioning body, the only viable alternative is to stage the event in the USA.

“Martin Rogan has all the qualities of a world champion. He just needs the belt to verify it. Let me ask anyone out there: who oversees the boxing titles the BBBofC sanctions?

“As a commission, they compete with the sanctioning bodies — which is not good business — yet they deny a qualified boxer a world championship fight in his own country?

“They should be investigated by Scotland Yard.”

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