Mandatory joy for Dennis ‘Hurricane’ Hogan


Dennis Hogan [27(7)-1(0)-1] has been handed a massive boost towards his world title hopes.

The Kildare light middleweight has sat atop the WBO rankings for months but his #1 ranking did not equate to the mandatory challenger position.

Today, however, following months of lobbying, Hogan has been declared the mandatory challenger for Jaime Munguia’s crown.

The move means that Hogan is set for a world title fight – 12 months after initially intended.

The shot is dependent on ‘The Hurricane’ winning his upcoming fight on Saturday December 15th in Brisbane versus Welshman Jamie Weetch.

Should Hogan defeat Weetch at the Brisbane Convention Centre he is assured of his title fight in his next contest.

The 33-year-old will face the winner of Mexican Munguia’s upcoming voluntary defence which is set to take place at a to-be-confirmed venue on a to-be-confirmed date in January versus a to-be-confirmed opponent, live on DAZN.

22-year-old Munguia [31(26)-0] won the belt as a late replacement versus Sadam Ali back in April and subsequently defeated mandatory Liam Smith and voluntary Brandon Cook.

Hogan, looking to keep busy and primed for a title shot, has elected to face Weetch in what has been described as a risky fight.

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Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie