6’8 heavyweight Tyson Fury (18-0, 13 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over 40-year-old former Prizefighter winner Martin Rogan (14-3, 7 KOs) to claim the vacant Irish heavyweight title on Saturday night at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Fury surprisingly fought from a left-handed stance and was largely ineffective. Rogan, a Belfast cab driver who came out of nowhere to win the Prizefighter tournament then defeat Audley Harrison and Matt Skelton before two defeats to Sam Sexton, pressed the action early. Fury floored Rogan in round three with a straight left hand and finished him with a body shot in round five. Time was 3:00.
Middleweight Chris Eubank Jr (3-0, 2 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Paul Allison (5-1-1, 1 KO). A barrage of punches prompted a referee’s stoppage at :43.