Last week Irish-boxing.com revealed that the Kildare fighter’s promoters, DDP Sports, and Golden Boy were ‘miles apart’ in terms of agreeing a deal for an ordered fight between the mandated Hogan and touted WBO light middleweight champion Jaime Munguia.
Indeed, DDP chief Paul Keegan revealed they were exploring Aussie venues and the idea of financial support, safe in the belief that they could let the negotiations devolve into purse bids where they would lodge the highest offer and take the world title fight Down Under.
However, it seems Golden Boy have presented a more attractive package and, subject to smaller issues being ironed out, contracts should be signed this week.
“We are much closer to working out a deal than we were seven days ago,” Dubliner Keegan informed Irish-Boxing.com.
“Myself and [Golden Boy president] Eric Gomez has a very productive call last Wednesday and I believe we both understood each other’s point of view.”
“They have come back with a much better figure which is close to where we need it to be. There will have to be a bit of give and take from both sides but I am confident that we will have something to announce in the next seven days and a week before the deadline, which is great for all concerned.”
Although nothing has been officially confirmed, it’s understood the package pushed by Golden Boy would see Hogan have to travel to America as he finally gets his chance to dethrone Munguia.
The fighter himself always expected that to be the case, and certainly has no issue with traveling – while his promoters will see the benefits of fighting on a big Stateside card live on DAZN for ‘The Hurricane’, potentially even on the Canelo Alvarez v Danny Jacobs undercard in Las Vegas in May
With this in mind, it also remains unsure whether or not the champ will have his mooted bout in Monterrey, Mexico, in April as previously stated.
Team Hogan last week confirmed they were not willing to travel to Mexico but revealed that if a stepaside deal to fight in the summer was agreed, they would allow the Zanfer-Golden Boy fighter another voluntary and take a keep-busy themselves.