DENNIS Hogan is adamant he won’t be shot down by ‘Young Gun’ when he returns to American on June 26.
The Kildare native takes on Tyrone Brunson in New York and his planing to be firing on all cylinders in a bid to impress a live TV audience and the people that matter Stateside.
‘The Huricane’ has taken Australia by storm since turning pro in Oz back in 2011, winning District, National and Continental titles and is now plans to move into the World reckoning by impressing in America in 2015.
Hogan certainly believes America is the land of boxing dreams and opportunities.
“I’m extremely keen to get back to States and box, there’s certainly a great feeling that this is where I’m going to get the chance to showcase what I’ve been working so hard on the past few years. I really like New York too, it’s got a great buzz to it which adds to the feeling of importance to fights there,” Hogan told Irish-boxing.com.
“I’m at that point now where I’m not far off the top of the ladder. It’s a very tricky part of journey where you are meeting contenders all very hungry for the main spot and all looking to fight the guys ranked above them,so my team will be pushing for the best opponents we can get. I’m blessed to be able to fight these guys on TV in the States as the exposure will help get bigger and bigger fights. The wheels are in motion now I feel I not only have to win but impress also, everything going to plan i hope for a title eliminator before the end of 2015, please god!”
There was a similar ‘put on a show’ narrative before Hogan’s American debut last time out, but there was something rotten about that Big Apple clash. The 30 year old’s opponent Jose Miguel Rodriguez Berrio was disqualified for persisting holding and Hogan was left frustrated he was prevented from showcasing his talents.
“We went over for the last fight to stamp some authority for the future and lay down a marker. After I let him have a few hard shots he went into survival mode, it’s testament to my strength and well improved technique, but I never thought that would happen like that. We’ve worked on not letting that happen again, this next guy won’t be trying that anyway. Brunson is coming to win.”
Brunson has lost four of his last five-one of those defeats came at the gloves of Carson Jones, who pushed Kell Brook and sparked Brian Rose-but has one punch knockout power and has stopped 21 fighters in 22 wins.
Indeed 19 of those KO’s have come in the first round! Hogan, however believes he has the skills to ensure Brunson doesn’t get to land the big shots.
“I acknowledge his ferocious ability to get the job done fast in his previous fights. He has a very entertaining style, everybody loves to see a KO, but I believe I have the ability to nullify his power. I will be too elusive and i will out box Brunson. Training for this style is going perfectly and I’m excited for the challenge which is without a doubt my biggest yet!”