FIGHTING as a ‘Lillywhite’ in the National Stadium as an amateur means Dennis Hogan is acclimatized to hostile atmospheres, claims the Kildare native.
‘The Hurricane’ travels a bit further a field than Dublin to put his WBA NABA light middleweight title on the line against Kenny Abril at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino in Niagara Falls, New York.
Abril is a local favourite and Australia based Hogan expects an away fighter reception, but claims it won’t faze him as he has experienced such hostility in the National Stadium.
“I’m ok with being the out-of-town guy for this fight. 100%. I did this a lot as an amateur. If you fight a guy from Dublin at the stadium in Dublin the whole crowd is against you,” Hogan said Stateside this week before commenting on his opponent.
“I know he’s (Abril) a slippery southpaw. I know he’s had some good wins and he’s durable. Being tricky, he can cause problems, so I’ve worked hard to be able to predict the unpredictable in my training.”
The Abril fight is Hogan’s third Stateside and after taking Australia by storm the Hurricane believes he is ready to make waves in America.
“We teamed up with Greg Cohen Promotions, which was good because I wanted to get to America where it’s all happening. This is my third fight since November and we’re working our way up the ladder. We’re making big movements with every fight. I’m getting more popular here and I’m starting to get known and it’s all working very well.”