Rogers fishing for titles in pro ranks

Hennessy Sports3rd July, 2009

Aspiring young pro Del Rogers believes he has what is takes to reel in some major titles in the years to come. The 21-year-old from Kettering is a fishing fanatic and even runs his own fishing tackle shop but he admits that his hobby will have to take a back seat in the coming years as he looks to achieve his boxing goals.

Rogers turned pro in April and has already racked up two straight wins. He'll have his third outing in London on July 18th when he features on the undercard of the Danny McIntosh - Nathan Cleverly British Light Heavyweight title fight. The Hennessy Sports event takes place at the York Hall, Bethnal Green and will be live on ITV4.

Rogers is in the middle of preparations for the bout but he says that his fishing business is in capable hands. "My family have always been in to fishing and I run the shop with my wife so it means that I can always get time off to train when I need it. I still do quite a bit of fishing myself, it's very relaxing and a great way of unwinding after a hard training session."

Rogers is tipped by many to be one to watch in the pro ranks courtesy of an amateur pedigree that saw him contest eight national finals at various age levels. "I started boxing when I was 10 at the Kettering School of Boxing and I had around 90 amateur fights," explained Rogers. "I won a NACYP title in 2006 and represented England earlier this year before switching to the pros.

"I always fancied giving the pro game a go because it was the likes of Chris Eubank who got me into the sport in the first place. He was such a great entertainer but he could really fight as well. I think I'm a bit short to be vaulting the top rope like he did but if I can achieve half of what he did between the ropes I'll be very happy."

Rogers is being guided in the pro ranks by Don Aagesen and he says that the ex-fighter is working him very hard in the gym. "The training's a lot harder in the pros. You really have to take you're boxing more seriously and put in the hours on the road and in the gym. I've been happy enough with my two performances to date. They were good learning fights for me and I boxed well enough.

"I want to keep as busy as possible early in my career. The plan is for me to have one fight per month for the first year or so and that should bring me on in leaps and bounds. I don't want to look too far ahead and I'm still very young but I think that as long as I keep winning I can start fighting looking at title fights in a year or two."

A clash of unbeaten fighters tops the bill at the York Hall on July 18th with Danny McIntosh and Nathan Cleverly squaring off for the British Light Heavyweight title. The undercard features former British and European Champion Jon Thaxton alongside heavyweight sensation Tyson Fury and Ireland's European Union Lightweight Champion Andy Murray.

Hot prospects Steve O'Meara, Lee Purdy, Dwayne Lewis and Bobby Ward will join Rogers on an action packed night of championship boxing that also features recent big Brother evictee Angel McKenzie in her 18th pro fight. Tickets (£35 Unreserved and £70 Ringside) are available from the Ticketline box office on 0844 888 4402 or via www.ticketline.co.uk.

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