Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/13/14
The Irish fight-followers who packed the Odyssey Arena in Belfast Saturday night were treated to a barnstormer when heavyweight prodigy Tyson Fury, newly reinvented as a southpaw, took apart tough Irishman Martin Rogan in just five rounds. There had been plenty of confusion in the 24 hours before the fight when Rogan claimed at the weigh-in that Fury's people had attempted to pull a contractual stroke and have him sign an amendment agreeing that the fight be over 12 rounds. Rogan seemed to suggest that his fight contract stipulated a 10-round contest, the mandated distance for an Irish heavyweight title fight, and stormed out of the building shouting at the top of his lungs that he'd been duped. For a few hours the contest itself had appeared to be in jeopardy, but eventually the Irish boxing authorities, Rogan himself, and Fury's people, managed to reach agreement (doubtless spurred on by the commercial imperatives involved) and the fight went ahead scheduled for the championship...
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