THE badly cut eye that Ballyhaunis fighter John Waldron picked up in his second round TKO in Germany on the weekend has effectively scuppered his proposed vacant Irish light-heavyweight title bout with Michael Sweeney (11-2-1), set for Galway in three weeks.
Anxious for a shot at this title, Sweeney explained last night that his promoters were working frantically behind the scenes to find new opposition. "I've trained hard for this one," says The Storm. "I'm hoping there's a Plan B." If Jonjo Finnegan (14-6-3) was available, Sweeney could have a mighty scrap on his hands.
No wonder Martin Rogan wasn't taking my phone calls last week. By my reckoning, the Iron Man was stuck in casualty for scans on the ankle he twisted in training.
Unfortunately, damage to Rogie's tendons has forced the cancellation of the heavyweight's return bout in Belfast in November with Sam Skelton. This is a major setback for Rogan.
"I'm emotionally distraught," says Rogie.
"I wanted to finish the year on a high and look forward to 2012 being a big year.
"Now I'm looking at returning to training in January and hopefully fighting in March."
With renewed interest in the local heavyweight division, there's a window of opportunity for Rogan to deliver a few decent pay days. But this setback could test the big man's patience. "I've been battered from pillar to post in recent weeks and yet haven't been inside a boxing ring," he complains.
Dungiven light-welterweight Paul McCloskey is with an agent who's probably with the most ambitious promoter in boxing at the minute.
Eddie Hearn is in the business of expanding his global reach and his commitment to McCloskey should pay dividends next year.
Among Hearn's recent initiatives has been to add Kell Brook to the undercard of Carl Froch's Super Six final with Andre Ward in Atlantic City.
"It's an important milestone, as we unleash Kell on the American public," says Eddie. "The US television executives are delighted."
"Eddie is keen to crack America for his fighters," says an insider.