Dennis Hogan believes massive Irish support will play a part in world title win

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Dennis Hogan [28(7)-2(0)-1] believes the green army can help him conquer America this Saturday night.

Hogan knows all to well what it is like to be on the wrong end of a home town decision, having seen his world title dream taken from him in Tijuana, Mexico back in April.

‘The Hurricane’ traveled to WBO light middleweight world champion Jaime Munguia’s back yard with assurances of a fair fight, but was beyond unfortunate not to get the decision – and it influenced his team thinking ahead of the next challenge.

It’s not quite another Lions Den mission for the Australian based fighter this coming weekend, but he does travel to American to take on an American.

However, the 35-year-old is ready to create a home away from his two homes [Ireland and Australia] and dominate in the support stakes in New York.

Hogan, who turned down extra money to go to Texas and fight, believes the Irish will be out in force as he challenges Jermall Charlo [29(21)-0] for the WBC world middleweight title in Brooklyn.

The DDP Sports’ fighter feels their support could be vital in ensuring that this time he gets the proper reward for his performance in the ring.

“You know we’ll have a big Irish support there. We will have Irish/Australian support on the night which will know will have an influence on the judges,” Hogan told 3kingsboxing.

“We will just go out there and make sure no stone is unturned and I will get the win.”

Champion Charlo is adamant the judges, influenced or not, won’t be needed to decide the Showtime broadcast fight.

‘The Hitman’ has been predicting a knockout since the fight was made and is confident he will get the job done inside the distance.

Hearing such a prediction is nothing new for the Australian based fighter, he points out most of his recent foes have uttered the same words.

Considering he has never even been badly hurt in a fight he finds such talk surprising, but it’s not talk that unsettles him.

“Even if I am the favourite the opponent will be underestimating me. Everyone reckons they can knock me out. I don’t know where they are getting that from, but every single fighter from my last five or six opponents all said they were going to knock me out.”

Hogan believes there may be a knockout at the Barclays Center on Saturday, but believes the American and not him will be visiting the canvas.

“I’m certainly going to bring something he is not used to. I do feel I can break him down. I can certainly break his will and frustrate him and that’s what we will look to do – and I feel that will happen before or during the middle rounds.

“We are looking to get a knockout if we can, but we are looking to win every round also. So if it does go to the scorecards we can get the win.”

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Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sport for a living for 19 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: [email protected]