August 4 Jonny Stapleton
Irish light heavyweight prospect Dennis Hogan is hoping three will prove the magic number as he looks for pro win number three against Newzeland’s number three Moses Loelu in Fortitude Valley, Queensland on Saturday night.
Hogan is another Irish boxer on the up down under and tops his second bill in just his fourth pro outing this coming weekend.
The 26 year old Queensland based pro , who drew with debutant
Edmund Eramiha last time out, claims he was initially scheduled to fight two top ten Australian fighters, but both pulled out forcing him to take on experienced journey man Loelu.
The Kildare native holds the utmost respect for durable Loelu, but unlike the Irish rugby team would be if they were facing Newzeland opposition is nothing other than confident of an Irish victory come Saturday night.
“I am very confident I can win and to me its the only option,” Hogan told www.irish-boxing.com.
I am topping the bill buts its no extra pressure. On my pro debut night I headlined an Irish fight night so I got the feel for it and enjoyed the experience. I had a few other fighters lined up to fight on this card-two of those ranked in the top ten in the division here, but they didn’t go through. We got a replacement fighter in the form of the New Zealand number tree Loelu. It will be a good test. He has 23 pro fights so he is very experienced. He has gone the distance with a lot of the good fighters here in Australia so I am not taking it lightly.”
He may not be taking his most recent foe, Loelu (3-20) lightly but Hogan seems to be flirting with the idea of an early night.
However, despite admitting three wins and three knocks outs does sound appealing the Kildare man claimed he won’t go all guns blazing in search of an early night.
“I wont be straight in there looking for an early night. I plan to pick my shots. If he does show a weakness or looks hurt I will be trying to exploit that, but I have to be ready for the tricks he has up his sleeve too so I wont get ahead of myself just yet. Three wins from three knock outs does sound nice though,” Hogan added before commenting on his pre fight training.
“My training camp for this fight was excellent. I have been getting the best of sparring going to public training sessions promoting the Michael Katsidis homecoming fight happening here on August 13.I also had my strength and conditioning sessions have been excellent its really brought my fitness to the next level.”