HOGAN'S HIGH HOPES FOR WORLD TITLE
By Joseph Barclay Aug 17 2017
Not too long ago, boxing in Australia was in dire need of a face-lift. With a promising crop of World champion hopefuls on the rise, it appears Australia’s place on the global boxing stage is imminent. One such aspirant is Irish-born Dennis Hogan, who will be looking to establish himself as a formidable World title contender in the junior-middleweight division when he takes on Japan’s Yuki Nonaka at the Brisbane Convention Centre on October 14.
Hogan, who has lived and trained in Brisbane for the better part of six years, seems confident he can put on an impressive display come fight night, citing an arduous training camp that has him prepared both physically and mentally.
“I’m feeling great now, my mind is fresh as I haven’t fought yet this year and in that time I’ve been working on improving myself in every area,” he said.
“Physically I’m very fit, fast and strong…this will be the best condition I will ever be in for a fight”.
Hogan, who currently stands as the WBO no.3 contender for the 154-pound-division, has his fair share of big-fight experience. None more so than his WBA Interim junior-middleweight title fight in 2015 against Olympian “Golden” Jack Culcay in his hometown of Hamburg, Germany.
Despite Hogan’s aggressive approach and active jab, Culcay’s effective counter-punching and crisp shots were the decisive factors for the judges in what resulted in a unanimous decision victory for the German. However, Hogan would rather look back on that night as a rewarding, learning experience as opposed to a blight on his record.
“To truly know the areas which need improvement, you need to fight class fighters.”
“The fight with Culcay certainly opened my eyes to the little things I need to improve. These little things are very costly in a fight so I’ve been doing non-stop drills to correct these and I can safely say now that I'm ready for another crack at world level and to bring home a World Title.”
In what is another huge event for boxing in Brisbane, other big name domestic fighters will also be looking to impress in the hope of attaining some big international fights in the foreseeable future.
Former heavyweight title challenger Alex Leapai will be fighting on the undercard, as well as light heavyweight prospect Damien Hooper who is coming off a career best win last month; whilst Faris “The Fox” Chevalier will be defending his Australian super-middleweight title.
“It’s exciting to see the big fights coming here now that bridge the gap from domestic/regi
onal level to actual world champion level, and I think we’re going to see more of that which will put Australian boxers in good positions to win world titles,” he said.
“Jeff Horn will have sparked a lot of inspiration for the upcoming fighters so Australian boxing will only improve”.
If Hogan can dominate in remarkable fashion come October 14, another shot at a World Title could very well be on the horizon for the WBO’s 3rd ranked fighter.