Hogan and Munguia “miles apart” as negotiations begin but DDP reveal major plan


DDP Promotions are thinking big.

The Australian outfit, co-founded by Irishmen Dennis Hogan and Paul Keegan, will talk to local government to see if they can help generate the funds to ensure they win any potential purse bids for their man’s mandated title challenger of WBO light middle champion Jaime Munguia.

The WBO have given the Golden Boy/Zanfer-promoted Mexican and Hogan up until March 2nd to reach an agreement but, at present the teams are ‘miles apart’ in terms of a deal.

DDP have previously stated that they are open to a number of options, including fighting on the Canelo-Jacobs undercard in Las Vegas, but favoured a big stadium figh in Hogan’s adopted homeland – and have now begun to actively push for this outcome.

Munguia’s mangers want to go to Mexico in April, which is a no-go for ‘The Hurricane’, but the Oz-based Kilcullen native is willing to allow the beastly Latino another voluntary defence if a suitable deal is made and a contract signed by March 2nd.

With three weeks to go, most would expect the outfits to agree terms and stave off the lottery that is purse bids – and it has to be noted negotiations are just days old.

However, Dublin’s Keegan has told Irish-Boxing.com that they are already exploring options for the event of purse bids and believe that they can take on the Stateside powerhouses in this realm.

Keegan and co are today meeting with potential venues and have plans to meet the local government to see if they can help bring a massive world title fight Down Under.

“We have started negotiations with Golden Boy as of this week,” said Keegan.

“We are hoping to be able to negotiate a deal to lock in the fight before the deadline which is March 2nd when purse bids are due.”

“As of now we are miles apart in the negotiations of the fights but I’m confident ourselves and Golden Boy will reach common ground,” he added before revealing they are doing their purse bid homework.

“In the case that we don’t we have been working on two possible locations for Australia to host it – Brisbane and the Gold Coast – both have the weather and infrastructure to host a big, big event.”

“We are meeting a couple of those venues tomorrow and hope to lock in meeting with local governments to see how we can all work together.”

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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