Dennis Hogan to fight former unified world champion in eliminator on St Stephen’s Day

Christmas could come a day late for Dennis Hogan [28(7)-3(1)-1] this year.

The Kildare fighter will return to the top of a PBC bill on St Stephens Day knowing victory will set him on course up for a third world title shot.

The Australian based Killcullen native effectively takes on Julian Williams [27(15)-2(2)-1] for the right to fight for a world title.

The Athletic’s boxing corespondent Mike Coppinger confirmed the fight would play out on December 26 live on Fox Sports.

Irish-boxing.com were aware a big fight against a former world champion was in the pipeline – and although it has yet to be officially confirmed, we understand that Hogan Williams will clash in a light middleweight world title eliminator.

It was previously confirmed to us by Hogan’s promoters DDP Sports and Paul Keegan, that Hogan was just one win away from another world title shot.

“Dennis Hogan has agreed to fight a former world champion under his PBC agreement that will put him one win away from fighting for another world title at junior middleweight,”Keegan told us over a month ago.

“Hogan’s contract already stipulates his purse for the second fight should he win his next bout. It’s great news for Dennis and we have to thank our American advisor Peter Kahn for all the work he has done.”

The former Australian champion is already in camp for the clash and is currently training with Irish boxing legend Wayne McCullough in Las Vegas.

Harrison represents yet another big name and yet another big fight for ‘The Hurricane’.

The Philadelphia native, 30, defeated Jarrett Hurd to become unified WBA and IBF world champion in May of 2019. The American then lost the straps when Jeison Rosario stopped him in January of this year.

‘J Rock’s’ only other career defeat came at the gloves of Jermall Charlo, the middleweight world champion who defeated Hogan in New York last December.

The news means Hogan will go from controversial defeat to former WBO light middleweight world champion Jaime Munguia, to middleweight world title defeat to Charlo, to a clash with a former unified world champ.

Considering the 35-year-old fought world ranked opposition in the three fights pre back to back world title fights, he has one of the most impressive run of fights of any Irish fighter in recent times.

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: editoririshboxing@gmail.com