Welshman Weetch [12(5)-2(0)-1] was recently confirmed as the ‘Hurricane’s’ next foe and will trade leather with the Kildare light middleweight on a DDP Promotions card.
A loss would seriously hamper the #1 ranked WBO fighter’s chances of securing deserved shot at the organisation’s champion Jaime Munguia.
However, Weetch claims a Hogan [27(7)-1(0)-1] defeat won’t leave some Irish fight fans too disappointed.
“My wife is from Athlone, my manager is a Dub, one of my coaches in the gym is from Armagh, and I’ve more Irish mates in Australia then I do Welsh. So, there’ll be plenty of Irish eyes smiling when I win,” Weetch told Irish-Boxing.com.
The Anto Connolly-managed fighter is confident of winning the WBO Inter-Continental title while defending his IBF Pan-Pacific belt but admits defeating world level Hogan won’t be easy.
“Look, I’m under no illusion as to how hard this fight is. Dennis is where he is for a reason.”
“He is a good boxer who has changed it up a bit since he’s gone to his new coach which should make this fight very interesting.”
While ‘The Welsh Dragon’ is aware to the challenge that awaits him, he also isn’t ignorant to the opportunity that faces him.
A win over a fighter that is effectively mandatory challenger to the WBO light middleweight crown would send the Perth-based boxer’s career in a new direction.
In fact, Weetch claims he could change his life with victory on December 15th.
“It’s a massive opportunity for me. The next nine weeks can change the direction of not just my career but my life and I intend to take the opportunity with both hands,” he added before revealing he will have a game plan that will ensure him the win.
“I’ve got a good team around me who know styles and know how to put a game plan together. It’s up to me to implement it. If Dennis wants a fire-fight he may get prepared to get lit up.”
“My manager Anto is friendly with Hogan’s team. He got the call and it went from there, I didn’t need to think, we’ve spoke about this fight as a team.”
“It came probably about 12 months earlier then expected, but we know what we need to do.”