Dennis Hogan is thinking big and has set his sights on the WBO World light middleweight title.
‘The Hurricane’ returns to the ring in Brisbane this weekend and takes on Cameroon-born Australia-based contender Samuel Colombian [24(11)-8(1)] in his adopted home town of Brisbane for the WBO Oriental title.
The clash at the Mansfield Tavern gives Hogan [23(7)-1(0)] the chance to obtain a World ranking with the WBO, as well as another title and a platform from which to launch a World title bid.
The title is currently held by Liam Smith of Liverpool, but could be around the waist of none other than Saul Alvarez by end of next week.
Such is ‘Canelo’s’ stature and standing, that if he emerges victorious he will put weight toward names and the purses they bring rather than put value in the title, meaning Hogan may not be on his radar as of yet.
However, Hogan, whose sole reverse is a defeat to Jack Culcay in a WBA world interim title fight, wants the strap regardless of who holds it.
“We are in pursuit of the WBO world title and pushing hard to get into position for that, whether Smith or Canelo wins next weekend makes no difference to us, that’s my title and I’m coming for it,” Hogan boldly told Irish-boxing.com.
Hogan, who is now based in America, has title previous having won the New South Wales strap, Australian title, WBA Oceanic crown and the USA-NABA title, and he is delighted to be back challenging for more honours so soon after his defeat in Germany late last year.
“I am delighted to be back in title fights, we were not going to be waiting around and feel It was just a few tweaks to my preparation and boxing that needed adjusting to get back to this point.”
Those tweaks have been made under the watchful eye of new coach Manuel Sagayo in Miami and Hogan is confident he has sufficiently ironed any creases out of his style.
When speaking about the changes he has made the Kildare man added,
“I thought Brisbane was hot and humid, Miami is a whole other level! A few days there sparring were extreme but again it’s great conditioning for my fight. I’ve been learning good stuff and very impressed with my coach Moro’s training regime and tactics for this fight. I know it has added a lot of quality to my performance.”