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THE British Boxing Board of Control has denied Martin Rogan's his dream of challenging for the WBU heavyweight title in Belfast next month.

The governing body of boxing in the UK is refusing to recognise the WBU organisation owned by US-based aDan 'Moose' Lewis, but has yet to inform Rogan of its decision, according to sources.

Belfast-born Rogan had been enlisted by the WBU as its heavyweight contender to face Panamanian Luis Andres Pineda at the Odyssey Arena on October 27.

Last night Rogan said he was "puzzled" by the move.

"This has come as a bolt from the blue for me," said Rogan.

"I got word that the board was meeting to discuss the fight and the WBU on Wednesday night.

"This is the same body that recognised the WBU when Ricky Hatton was champion, Eamonn Magee and Micky Ward. So I am at odds to understand why it's good enough for some but not for me.

"I have done everything by the book; I have paid all the fees asked of me and I have paid for a promotional licence too.

"I tried calling the board many times without success but I am sure I will find out in the next few days."

Rogan confirmed that his date at the Odyssey Arena next month remains booked and it is understood the fighter is looking at other options.

The news will increase speculation that Tyson Fury, who marks his King's Hall debut on Saturday could return to face Rogan.

The pair clashed recently at a press conference after Rogan turned down a chance to challenge for Fury's Commonwealth and British belts.

It is unlikely the Boxing Union of Ireland will recognise the WBU belt but while the organisation only claims affiliation to the WBC, WBA and the EBU, it recently sanctioned World Boxing Foundation title fights involving Henry Coyle and Patrick Hyland.


?DISAPPOINTING Belfast challenger Martin Rogan
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
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Date:Sep 16, 2011
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