Former Commonwealth heavyweight boxing champion Martin Rogan will return action in the first International Prizefighter event on May 7 at the Alexandra Palace.
Rogan, who was the initial winner of Prizefighter in 2008, will take on a field that includes former World title challenger Kevin Johnson, who sparred with the Belfast man prior to his ill-fated first defence of the Commonwealth belt against Sam Sexton.
Belfast fighter, Rogan believes that if he could win the Prizefighter competition for the second time it would open the door for his return to title contention.
Although he had two wins just before Christmas, the British and Commonwealth titles have been tied up due to Dereck Chisora’s on-off World title clash with Wladimir Klitschko.
“This event has been bubbling up for over a year now and I am so excited we have finally made it happen,” said Matchroom Sport’s managing director Eddie Hearn.
“As Prizefighter starts its international expansion, this flagship event couldn’t have come at a better time and British boxing fans are in for a real treat on May 7. As always the line-up will combine an eclectic mix of prospects, champions and characters.
“In Martin Rogan we have a man that epitomises Prizefighter, our first ever champion and a guy looking to force his way back into the big-time. Johnson will be the first American fighter signed for Prizefighter and has lost only once, in a points decision to Vitali Klitschko for the WBC title.”