Hogan goes into his WBO light middleweight world title fight tomorrow night with the odds stacked against him.
The Kildare man has laser-like focus and a steely determination that allows him to confidently predict victory, but the bookies can’t see past a Munguia [32(26)-0] win and the champion is 1/80 with some outlets
The 22-year-old champion is massive for the weight, packs a knockout punch and welcomes the Brisbane-based Irish challenger to his home country, all factors that mean a Hogan win will undoubtedly be the greatest result in the history of Irish boxing.
Still, co-promoter of the fight and Hall of Famer De La Hoya predicts a tough test for his own Golden Boy, ‘the powerful Mexican warrior’, and believes Hogan will ask questions of the titleholder.
The Olympic gold medallist and fight legend explained how “Munguia became known to the world by beating Sadam Ali by knockout in May 2018 when he was crowned WBO Junior Middleweight World Champion. Since then, this powerful Mexican warrior has defended his crown three times.”
“Now, he has a very difficult test against Dennis Hogan, WBO No. 1 contender. We know it will be a great battle between two of the best 154-pound fighters in the world.”
Speaking about the champion Fernando Beltran, CEO of Zanfer Promotions, who work with Golden Boy in promoting a fighter built as a future star, noted how “when I talk about Jaime Munguia, I talk about a young man who I have had the pleasure of knowing since he was a boy. He was a young boy with a lot of dreams.”
“His father, Jaime Munguia Sr., would go to the office and say, ‘My kid, he’s good!’ He will be someone important!””
“We helped him with what we could. We helped him during his amateur career. Logically, he debuted with us and he had a great run in different parts of Mexico. We debuted him in Las Vegas where he won by knockout.”
“Then, Golden Boy called us, and gave us the great opportunity with Sadam Ali. We fought him, and then began a co-promotion with Golden Boy. That initiated his jump toward international fame.”
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