Dennis Hogan set for career-high pay day for Mexican Munguia mission


A well-deserved career-high pay day has tempted Dennis Hogan [28(7)-1(0)-1] and his team to go into the lion’s den in search of world title glory.

It was confirmed last night that the Brisbane-based Kildare fighter will travel to Mexico to take on WBO light middleweight champ Jaime Munguia [32(26)-0].

The fight will take place on Saturday April 13th in Monterrey, Mexico at the 18,000-seater Arena Monterrey, live on the DAZN streaming platform.

Mandatory challenger and having looked to be on the verge of a shot for over a year now, travelling to Mexico does not look to be a wholly desirable outcome for Hogan.

When Monterrey was initially put forward a few weeks ago it was dismissed by Hogan’s team who would suggest there was a degree of uncertainty from Team Munguia who, up until now, had been looking to build the youngster in America..

READ: Mexi-no-go – Team Hogan dismiss Monterrey reports

Hogan’s DDP Promotions and Munguia’s Golden Boy and Zanfer backers have been in talks for the past month, with a purse bid deadline set for next week.

The Canelo Alvarez v Danny Jacobs undercard in Las Vegas in May or even a purse bid stand-off where DDP would attempt to bring the champion to Queensland were both suggested but it will instead be Mexico and Hogan will be well-paid for his journey.

The Courier Mail in Australia are reporting that ‘The Hurricane’ will receive a career-high purse for the fight and they quote a mortgage-busting figure of A$500,000 or just over €300,000.

Fight boss Paul Keegan explained that they were disappointed not to bring the world title fight Down Under but was consoled by having extracted a “career best payday” from Golden Boy and have ensured that there will be three neutral judges and a neutral referee in Monterrey in six weeks’ time.

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Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie