UNDEFEATED Australian middleweight champion Dennis Hogan (18-0-1, 6 KOs) and his opponent, unbeaten kickboxing convert Steve Moxon (5-0, 4 KOs) both tipped the scales well inside the light middleweight limit for tomorrow’s highly anticipated main event, which will be a twelve round championship fight for the inaugural WBA Oceania light middleweight title.
The rest of the fighters also made weight for the evenly matched card, which kicks off tomorrow afternoon at 2pm from Grand Star Receptions in Melbourne’s west.
A confident Hogan spoke flatteringly of his opponent in Moxon, who he believes will bring his best, despite having never gone twelve rounds before.
“I expect Steve to come out hard and fast. Steve doesn’t hold back in any of his fights and likes to use his power a lot,” Hogan said to Aus-Boxing shortly after making weight. “Basically I think this fight is going to suit me. What I like to do is keep my distance, work my defence – and pick my shots off – so I think that will be the proper game plan against Steve.”
“If Steve wants to come back and pick shots, I can box. If Steve wants to mix it up I can box and move and do what I need to do. I’m fully prepared for this fight one hundred percent.”
“Im really looking forward putting on a good show for everyone.”
An equally measured and confident Moxon has done nothing to lose his punchers tag, acknowledging that he does not want the fight to go twelve and that he is definitely going for a shock knockout win.
“It’s going to be a tough twelve round fight, I hope it doesn’t go twelve rounds,” Moxon explained. “But I know that Dennis has a great gas tank and has great boxing skills so this will be a clash of styles.”
“They call him the boxer and me the puncher. As everyone says, I’ve got a punchers chance and I hope to silence a few critics and I will be looking forward to a good battle. This is a good opportunity to bring the boxing title home to Geelong and I’m really looking forward to it.”
In the co-main event of the afternoon, Shannon O’Connell, 30, weighed in at 54.90 with fellow challenger Bronwyn Wylie, 37, coming in at even 55. O’Connell is looking to win her second consecutive fight, coming off a credible and spirited effort in her last world title attempt – a stoppage loss to Diana Prazak in March.
The card is promoted by Adam Wilcock’s Fightcard Promotions and can be streamed live and exclusively on Live Boxing from anywhere in the world for $9.95 AUD.
Professional Card (Streamed exclusively on liveboxing.com.au from 2PM AEST):
Dennis Hogan 69.4 vs. Steve Moxon 69.8 (70 on first attempt)
vacant WBA Oceania light middleweight title, 12 Rounds
Shannon O’Connell 54.9 vs. Bronwyn Wylie 55
vacant WIBA super bantamweight title, 10 Rounds
Stevie Kelly 72.1 vs. Jake Gathercole 73.4
Victorian middleweight title, 8 Rounds
Ben Kite 65.6 vs. Cam Eyes 66.1
Jag Singh Brar 64.6 vs. Jason Davey 65.6
Marcos Amado 76 vs. Graham Blay 75.1
Jason Misfud 77.9 vs. Paul Doig 78.5
Photos: Adam Auld/Aus-Boxing