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Play it again Sam: Sexton to face Rogan in rematch

PUBLISHED: 11:44 28 July 2009 | UPDATED: 11:07 06 July 2010

Chris Lakey

Norwich boxer Sam Sexton has vowed to prove that justice was fairly done when he steps into the lion's den for a rematch against Belfast slugger Martin Rogan in October.

Norwich boxer Sam Sexton has vowed to prove that justice was fairly done when he steps into the lion's den for a rematch against Belfast slugger Martin Rogan in October.

Sexton clinched Rogan's Commonwealth heavyweight title in May after a ringside doctor ruled that the 38-year-old was unfit to continue in the eighth round.

But the Irishman's camp were furious at the decision and have been calling for a rematch ever since - and now Sexton has granted them their wish.

Sexton had been in control of the fight until the eighth round when Rogan came back strongly. However, he hesitated to go in for the kill when Sexton lost his gumshield and as soon as the fight restarted the doctor ruled that Rogan, whose left eye had almost completely closed, was unfit to continue.

Returning to Belfast on October 9 is a bold decision by Sexton and his team, given the hostile reception they received at the Odyssey Arena, but the 25-year-old is confident of retaining his title.

“Everyone knows that if the fight was anywhere else it would have been stopped because of the state of Rogan's eye,” he said.

“I out-boxed him in every round apart from the eighth. He is just a brawler with no boxing skill and the only thing he's got is his strength, but that wasn't much to worry about.

“Remember, I took the fight in Belfast and went into the lion's den and beat him and now I'm going back there and will do the same again, only easier.

“This time there will be no stoppage and he's going to get knocked out.”

Rogan's view is very different.

“Everyone knows I won the fight and the referee saved him - I can't wait for justice to be done,” he said.

“I just have to beat Sexton this time. I made mistakes last time and Sexton won't get that opportunity again. I am going to absolutely destroy the man.

“I beat him with one eye, this time I will have two perfect eyes and I'm going to be coming at him like no one has ever done in his life. There is nowhere for him to hide in that ring.”

Promoter Frank Warren added: “It's an exciting rematch and all the controversy from the first fight will certainly build it up into a big return. Sexton went into Rogan's backyard and won the title and now Rogan has the opportunity to get it back.”

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