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‘Performance of my life’ – Dennis Hogan backs new coach Wayne McCullough to inspire career best display

Dennis Hogan [28(7)-3(1)-1] suggests becoming a name in America was the catalyst behind him teaming up with one of Ireland’s better known name’s stateside.

Irish-boxing.com revealed earlier this week that two weight world title challenger, Hogan had enlisted Irish boxing legend Wayne McCullough as his new coach.

Considering the success and bond ‘The Hurricane’ had with Australian based coach Glen Rushton the news came as somewhat of a surprise to some.

Speaking to Irish-boxing.com over the weekend, the Kildare native, who American Network Showtime have taken a shine too, revealed training in the US was something he felt he should do moving forward.

In that regard he was always going to depart Rushton’s stable and after exploring a number of options he elected to join forces with ‘The Pocket Rocket’.

“I was looking for a good camp in the states and had spoke to very promising coaching talent, but in the meantime I spoke to Alan from Ensdwell Podcast and he made the suggestion. I felt really good about it, the link was made and now the rest is history,” Hogan told Irish-boxing.com.

“With my fights been in the states now the travelling can really upset your rhythm, so full camp in the states will freshen me right up, that was the first reason I spoke to Wayne, but since our chats we’ve picked things we can really improve on so there will be much benefit.”

Indeed, Hogan thinks the link up will lead to a career best performance and if he is to mix in the company suggested of later that should also lead to a world title win.

“I feel this will be great link up to deliver the performance of my life that I know is still to surface.”

The current pandemic means the pair couldn’t team up and the link up was agreed and confirmed from other sides of the world.

Hogan confirmed their was no trial period, but that doesn’t worry the recent WBO light middle and WBC middleweight world title challenger.

The 35-year-old points out he is an experienced operator that knows his way around the ring and doesn’t need an extensive over hall.

“There was no trial period with Wayne as of yet. I’m around long enough to know if the move would benefit me in terms of my style, which has brought me a lot of success in the past.

“It’s about tweaks at this point and game plans. We’re not trying to reinvent the wheel and Wayne seems very smart in the areas I feel will benefit me.”

Discussing the areas Hogan, one of Ireland’s most dedicated and driven fighters, wants to work on and what former world champ McCullough brings to the table, the fighter adds: “He brings actual ring experience and knowledge, a good working relationship, fight plans, technique on power shots and periodisation to name a few.”

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com