22 May 2011 – Jonny Stapleton
It was a case of great rather than gday for two Irish boxers at the Fortitude Stadium in Queensland, Australia recently as they both registered impressive stoppage wins.
Kildares Dennis Hogan and Newrys Paddy Murphy are both on the way up Down Under and stopped their opponents on what proved to be a lucky Friday 13th card for the Irish duo. Murphy made an explosive start to professional life ending his first paid stint within a round.
Indeed, the former Commonwealth Youth Games silver medallist, Ulster Senior champion and Australian Golden Gloves Champion ensured referee intervention just 61 seconds into the bout.
The welterweight prospect impressed whilst inflicting a fifth consecutive defeat on David Bainbridge. Hogans second professional may not have been as Hollywood as his stable mate and certainly wasnt as quick fire. He employed a more patient yet equally effective style before eventually ensuring his opponents early demise.
The promising light heavyweight took out Ben Dyer just one minute short of the fourth bell in his second fight in under a month. Although he may have earned a summer break it doesnt seem he is going to get one. Hogan is scheduled to return to action as soon as June 18 and after increasing his paid appearances to three he will raise the level of opponent on August 5.
There is no holding the former Kenneth Egan foe back and in what will be his fourth fight in four months the Kildare puncher will be looking to rob the fancied Ozzie Callan Orchard (5-1) of victory.
Again I had the benefit of a great training camp for this fight. I was sparring with commonwealth gold medallist Jarrod Fletcher and WBO Oriental, African and Asian champion Kariz Kariuki. I had seen my opponent boxing on TV on the Mundine under card so i knew what to expect. I started off strong in the first, but laid off a bit in the second and start using my jab which was catching him perfectly every time. I continued that into the 3rd and he was getting very hurt so they threw in the towel, Hogan told www.irish-boxing.com before commenting on what is next.
I relaxed for the weekend and got back into training the Tuesday after the fight. , Fortitude gym give usually give you a week off after a fight, but I am fighting in Melbourne on June 5th i got back into it straight away. I am enjoying all the action coming to me so quick. I want to climb the rankings ladder and get title fights as soon as I can.