Title fight for Dennis Hogan

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Dennis Hogan [23(7)-1(0)-1] will be returning to an Australian boxing ring on September 10th to fight for the WBO Asia-Pacific title.

The Kildare light middleweight had been based in Brisbane, winning the Australian title before relocating his career to America to chase World titles

The continental title clash will give him a World ranking with the organisation and put his name in the mix as a potential World title opponent.

Hurricane Hogan revealed that his sole condition for taking the fight was that it had to be in Brisbane as it is “where I live,in front of the people who have supported me in my pro career from day dot.”

“I would fight in front of Brisbane fight fans for free if I had to, they helped build Team Hogan from nothing, I owe them a lot and want to win this in front of them.”

“I can not wait to fight again, and Brisbane will make it special.”

“I don’t care who they put me in with I am already the world champ.”

The current beltholder is Thai veteran Sirimongkol Eaimthuam [90(57-2(1)]. The 39 year old South-East Asian is a two-weight World champion (bantamweight and super featherweight) and is unbeaten since 2003, albeit against questionable opposition. Eaimthuam has defended the belt twice and is ranked #7 with the WBO.

WBO champion is Liverpool’s Liam Smith, who defends his belt on September 17th in Las Vegas against Mexican star Canelo Alvarez.

31 year old Hogan has been rebuilding since his sole career defeat last December where he dropped a decision to Jack Culcay in a WBC ‘interim’ title bout in Germany.

Joe O'Neill

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