Dennis Hogan reveals Munguia World Title gameplan

WBO light middleweight champion Jaime Munguia [30(25)-0] is a tameable beast claims leading contender for the throne Dennis Hogan.

Hogan has watched closely as the freakishly big Mexican put his name up in lights with a demolition of Sadam Ali and a points win over former champion Liam Smith last weekend.

Although he may have to wait for the 21-year-old to make a voluntary defence, Hogan [27(7)-1(0)-1] is next in line for the WBO title and isn’t worried about challenging the noted puncher.

Indeed, the Kildare native is excited by the prospect and is confident he has what it takes to end the Munguia hype which has slowed somewhat following a more competitive than expected fight with Smith.

“We knew he hits hard but against a good seasoned pro like Smith or like myself, that storm can be weathered,” explained Hogan when speaking to RingNews24.

In the new champion’s most recent fight he overwhelmed Smith in an entertaining firefight, responding well to a strong start by the Scouser to drop his foe in the sixth and eventually run out 116-111, 119-108, 117-110 unanimous points winner.

Hogan has studied the fight and believes he wouldn’t make the same errors ‘Beefy’ did.

“I felt that when Smith had his distance right he done well, but he became predictable after a few rounds because he only went forward and back and never zoned off left and right to make better angles and keep Munguia at bay,” assessed Hogan.

“A lot of times Smith ended up with his back to the ropes absorbing combinations and our plan wouldn’t allow that to happen,” continued Hogan before outlining what his own tactics would be against the Ring Magazine Prospect of the Year.

Hogan’s team at DDP want to bring the fight to Brisbane, and the ‘Hurricane’ feels he would outbox the Tijuana titleholder.

“As Munguia came in, we would break him down from range with excellent recovery from each exchange.

“It’s a fight I will have to be extremely fit for, but I will have everything on point on the night to take that title.”

Read RingNews24’s interview with Hogan in full here.

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