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Sexton-Rogan Rematch Postponed To Nov 6 / Cleverly Headlines York Hall On Oct 9

Martin Rogan's rematch against Sam Sexton has been postponed until Friday 6th November because the Irishman has a back injury, but Sexton believes it is only delaying the inevitable. The Belfast heavyweight was due to meet Commonwealth Champion Sexton on October 6th at the Odyssey, but Rogan injured his back in a training session and requires rest and physiotherapy before resuming training again. Sexton, 25, scored a controversial eighth round stoppage at the Odyssey in May when Rogan was unable to continue because of a badly swollen eye. Norwich puncher Sexton says he's ready to do the same again to Rogan. He said, "What Rogan is doing is only delaying the inevitable which is another victory for me.."

"As the champion I have gone beyond the call of duty to accommodate Rogan to the point of going back to the challenger's back yard for him to try and get his old title back,"

"I've also heard him make certain allegations against me that were unjust and uncalled for at the press conference which I would ask he rectify,"

"It's common knowledge that he has had a change of camp and trainer which I can't understand. If he was so sure he won the last fight then why change what was not wrong?"

"He has four weeks to mend his injured back and then face me again on a level platform and we both have the chance to put right any wrongs,"

"I am in prime condition and I need to keep active so he needs to make sure this four weeks are used wisely."

Tickets purchased for the original date of October 9th will be vaild for the new date.

The October 9th date will now go to the rising star of British boxing, Nathan Cleverly, who defends his British and Commonwealth Heavyweight titles against Liverpool's Courtney Fry.

Welshman Cleverly, was due to meet Fry on the Odyssey Arena undercard, but now headlines the York Hall at Bethnal Green with the first defence of his British title that he won in July against Danny McIntosh and the fourth defence of his Commonwealth belt.

The 23-year-old is a hot favourite to land the prestigious Boxing Writers' Best Young Boxer of the Year award and is in the running with fellow hot prospect Kell Brook.

Tickets priced at 40 and 50 are available from Frank Warren Promotions on 01992 550 888.

A full undercard for the York Hall show will be announced shortly.

Article posted on 09.09.2009



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