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Spike in Croke Park- New champ Dennis Hogan wants homecoming defence next

Dennis Hogan has set his sights on a homecoming after defeating Sam Eggington to win the IBO light middleweight world title last weekend.

Hogan defeated ‘Britain’s most entertaining fighter’ via majority decision on No Limit’s bumper 20-card show in Newcastle, Australia, on Saturday.

Having endured his unfair share of world title defeats over the years ‘The Hurricane’ was happy to bask in the moment and enjoy the victory for what it was.

However, he did afford himself a glance toward the future when speaking to the Australian press after the fight.

The popular Australian-based Kildare puncher, a veteran at 37, said he will continue to fight until he loses again and wants his next fight to be in Ireland.

Speaking to Australian media after Saturday’s fight, he said: “I’ll have a defence back in Ireland, we’ll chat about a defence against someone from Ireland.

“Then after that, you’re either all in or you’re nothing and after that you just go after more belts.

“Keep going till I lose, really.”

Cork’s Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan and Hogan have been linked for some time now, and the Celtic Warrior Gym fighter had stated he wanted the winner of Saturday’s bout.

A fight that always had the potential to peak fan interest makes more sense now than ever, and with relations cordial between the pair and both willing, it also appears easy to make.

Hogan has previously stated it’s a clash that would fit perfectly on the undercard of Katie Taylor versus Amanda Serrano. If the rematch of the greatest woman’s fight of all time does happen in Croke Park next spring, a Kildare vs Cork IBO world title fight could be ideal chief support.

“Spike O’Sullivan has called for a fight with the winner of this one. Me and Spike are very respectful to each other, we get on very well and send messages of support to each other,” he said.

“He called out the winner of this and he also said if Boxxer had of won that purse bid for Eggington, he was going to fight on the undercard to call out the winner after the fight so he’s there ready to go.

“There’s a fight there ready to be made if Eddie [Hearn] wanted to do it in Croke Park if Katie gets her fight there.

“I think it has to happen. Ireland deserve it for all the years without having much boxing there. For Spike and myself to have a homecoming after 12 years would be great. I think it has to happen so fingers crossed everything goes to plan and we can do it.”


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