Martin Rogan and promoter Mick Hennessy got into a verbal spat at the post-fight press conference following Rogan's loss to Tyson Fury.
Following yesterday's Irish heavyweight title fight in Belfast, Martin Rogan and Tyson Fury's promoter Mick Hennessy got into quite a verbal altercation at the post-fight press conference, with Rogan hurling plenty of obscenities Hennessy's way, which were returned. Fury stopped Rogan in the fifth round yesterday on a body shot.
Rogan's chief complaint was again that at the weigh-in, he was presented with a new contract for a 12-round fight. The Irish title is normally contested under 10-round rules, and Rogan says he signed a deal for a 10-round fight on January 25. Here's the video, and keep in mind it's NSFW:
Notice that Fury stays silent during the whole thing, as does his team, and that Rogan goes out of his way to not blame Fury, to shake his opponent's hand, and to offer respect to the fighter and the trainers. This is 100% about Rogan and Hennessy, and Rogan feeling like he was shafted on a fundamental level, something that should not have been allowed to happen.
The telling bit to me is mostly that Hennessy doesn't even truly deny any wrongdoing. He just sort of shrugs it off as business. But it's not really just business. The common belief is they made it 12 in case it did go long, figuring the extra two rounds would benefit the 23-year-old Fury and not so much the 40-year-old Rogan, who isn't 100% healthy anymore and never really will be again, and has never been what you'd call a high stamina fighter. It was shady at best, even if it didn't ultimately have any impact on the fight at all.