Martin Rogan opts out of European Union title contest

Martin Rogan
Rogan is hoping that the European Union title fight will be rescheduled

Martin Rogan has pulled out of a European Union title fight with unbeaten Bulgarian Kurbrat Pulev.

Rogan, 40, has cited a lack of preparation time as the reason for his withdrawal from the bout which was scheduled for Munich on 16 July.

"I'm hearing and reading various details but I've heard nothing concrete - I am waiting by the phone for a call from the EBU," said the Belfast man.

He added that he is willing to fight Pulev if he has enough time to prepare.

The Belfast man is the number one contender for the title and was initially down to face Robert Helenius.

Helenius pulled out of the bout after vacating the title to pursue his world title ambitions.

Rogan then understood that the bout with Pulev would be held in late July but the earlier date did not suit his training preparations.

Pulev's 12 wins have included a knockout victory over Matt Skelton whom Rogan stopped in a Commonwealth title bout two years ago.