Dennis Hogan [28(7)-2(0)-1] has warned Jermall Charlo [28(21)-0] that he will be a bigger puncher at middleweight.
The Australian based Kildare native has secured a second shot at a world title and will attempt to dethrone ‘Hit Man’ in the Barclay’s Center on December 7, a feat of which many punters will be looking at when placing their bets on the sites such as BettingLounge.
With WBO light middleweight title holder Jamie Munguia, who most believe Hogan defeated in Mexico back in , refusing to rematch and other noteworthy light middleweights refusing to face ‘The Hurricane’, he moved up to middleweight to try and achieve his world title goal.
It looks a brave move for a fighter who seems to have found a real home at 154lbs, but Hogan is adamant the fact he is the one having to make weight changes won’t prove a disadvantage.
In fact, the Killcullen man, who believes he will be stronger, more powerful and even fresher come fight night.
He has won an Australian title at the weight and has competed as high as light heavyweight as an amateur and believes he will punch harder at 160.
“I’m certain I will win this fight,” Hogan told Irish-boxing.com before dismissing any middleweight worries.
“Don’t be surprised if I have a bit more punch power in this fight, not only are we working hard on that now, there is now and extra three kilos of water I don’t have to drain out, make of that what you will.”
While he predicts victory against the two weight world champ Hogan is aware of the challenge that awaits. However, similar to the now controversial Munguia fight he is confident he has seen weaknesses that can be exploited.
“He’s top class no doubt, beating some great names and wanting to cement a legacy. He does things at a very high level and confidence in his ability is high. But we’re working out his weaknesses right now and I’m liking what we’re seeing and how we’re training to expose that,” he adds before stressing victory over someone of Charlo’s calibre will make the win all the more sweeter.
“I’m reveling at the opportunity to win this belt in a fight with an opponent of such caliber.”
The New York aspect of the fight also adds a degree of excitement for the 34-year-old. Hogan is expecting a sizable support and claims it’s only second to fighting in Ireland.
“This is a dream come true, it’s the very next best thing to fighting in Ireland. I cannot wait to do this. Everything about New York screams Irish heritage and I will feel at home in the Barclays Centre with what I know will be an unbelievable atmosphere.”