Fury has sights set on world title shot

Riot police were called to Belfast’s Odyssey Arena after a mass brawl erupted during the Irish heavyweight championship title fight on Saturday night.

Tyson Fury stopped Martin Rogan in the fifth round to win the belt but the achievement was overshadowed by the trouble which sparked between opposing fans among the 6,000-strong crowd.

Security on the ground reported a brawl involving around 40 people. Several of the security staff were injured, but not seriously. By the time the police arrived, the trouble had subsided and no arrests were made.

Rogan’s corner man Bernardo Checa had stepped through the ropes to call the contest to a halt after 40-year-old Rogan has been floored for a second time by an opponent, 17 years his junior.

Now Fury’s promoter is hoping to bring a Klitschko fight to Great Britain or Ireland.

Mick Hennessy wants a world title fight for his man, although only with a contender who is willing to travel to the UK or Ireland for the contest. However, he concedes that might take time — with the Klitschkos and the other heavyweight world champion, Alexander Povetkin, unlikely to travel away from their fan-bases just yet.

“He would beat Povetkin, he would wipe the floor with him, but that fight is not going to happen any time soon as he is the champion and it would be in Germany,” Hennessy said.

“Tyson is the biggest star in heavyweight boxing behind the Klitschkos.

“We are going to manoeuvre him into a position where we bring the Povetkins over here and the Klitschkos. Tyson is the only man that can do this.”

Hennessy believes a world title fight will happen, but is looking at a few more tune-up fights and then a shot at the European belt — either with the current holder, Robert Helenius, or when he vacates — as stepping stones towards that ambition.

“He can go all the way. He can be world champion as quick as he wants,” Hennessy added. “We are just going to keep him busy now. He’s looking at June 3 [for his next fight].

“He’s had the British, the Commonwealth and now he’s got the Irish title so the European would be nice and then genuine world honours.”

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