Dennis Hogan will say goodbye to the domestic scene and hello to the big time after his next Australian title defence.
The middleweight champion of OZ was due to fight Kurt Bahram on the 21 of May, but after the Ozzie withdrew a yet to be named ‘unbeaten’ replacement has been lined up.
The stand in fighter might be taking the fight at short notice, but the Kildare native, who has recently being sparring former World champion and future Matthew Macklin foe Daniel Geale, claims the new opponent comes in confident having built up an impressive record.
‘The Hurricane’ also revealed that having champion status and ownership of a belt also ensures fighters raise their game when trading leather with him.
As a result he is not under estimating the challenge that lays ahead and despite the fact a step to the next level awaits, Hogan claims his focus is on May and winning that bout.
“We have a big fight in the pipeline and I am really looking forward to making the announcement after this fight, but I’m focused on this fight for now,” Hogan told Irish-boxing.com.
“My original opponent has pulled out so they have a undefeated fighter to replace him and he’s good. We are just waiting for him to sign the contract. In theory each title defence should get easier but beating the champion then defending against the number one straight after was tough.
“The last defence against Browne was tougher again so each fighter is a danger. Also with a title on the line the opponent will train his heart out and bring everything he has. It can motivate you to produce a career best performance. I reckon so every defence is hard and it keeps me on my toes too, no room in this game for complacency.”