MORECAMBE-BASED heavyweight sensation Tyson Fury believes the Irish fans will be right behind him when he goes into battle against supposed home favourite Martin Rogan later this month.
The undefeated 6ft9 Fury says he has been overwhelmed by support ahead of the fight for the vacant all-Ireland heavyweight title at the Odyssey Arena on April 14.
He said: “The support that I have been getting is unbelievable. When I boxed in Belfast last year I got a fantastic reception wherever I went and on the night the atmosphere was amazing,
“Now the Irish fans are getting right behind me, they want to see me knock out Rogan. They know how good I am and they know a real Irish warrior when they see one. You’ll never see me sit on my stool and quit or complain about a bad toe - I’m the real deal.
“Rogan probably thought that he would have all the support in the arena on April 14 but he’s in for a shock because I’m going to feed off the great support that is coming my way.
“I’m very proud of my Irish roots, my uncle lives just outside Belfast, so there’s going to be great support for me and I will do them proud by knocking out wee Rogie.
“He’s a proud guy and I’m sure he’ll give it his best but when you look at the two of us there’s a big difference in class and that will be the difference on the night.”
Fury also says that he wants the victory over Rogan to be the start of a series of fights on Irish soil, leading to a World heavyweight title shot.
“The Irish fans are just fantastic, I really feel at home there,” said Fury.
“The Odyssey Arena is going to be packed out, the tickets are flying and after I beat Rogan I know the fans will want to come back again and again because they will have a world class heavyweight to support.
“Bringing a World heavyweight title fight to Irish soil would be very special and there’s nobody else can do that except me.”
The fight will be broadcast live on Channel 5.