DENNIS Hogan has received support in his bid for a world title shot from Australia’s only reigning world champion ahead of the WBO eliminator that could decide his future.
WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn says there is no reason Hogan can’t emulate his performance when he ripped the world championship belt from the waist of eight-division world champion and pound-for-pound stalwart Manny Pacquiao at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane last July.
“Dennis impresses me with his work ethic and his strength as a boxer,” says Horn, who trains alongside “The Hurricane” at coach Glenn Rushton’s Stretton Boxing Club. “He can definitely emulate what I have done, being ranked number six himself. Dennis just needs to fight hard and win every round as it goes.”
“Hard work and belief was my key to success. It is extremely important to have a strong team behind you who you can trust.”
But first Hogan (25-1-1, 7 KOs) is going to have to get past world number seven Yuki Nonaka from Japan who he faces in a decider for the number two spot at the Convention & Exhibition Centre in Brisbane on October 14th.
“Nonaka is a slick, elusive counterpuncher, but I’m used to that style,” says Hogan. “I do very well against guys like that so I’m very confident going in.”
“As an amateur I was light heavyweight champion of Ireland so I got used to boxing guys taller than me. It’s all about nullifying him, frustrating him, breaking him down and making him do what we want him to do, then we’ll catch him.”
Nonaka (31-8-3, 10 KOs) comes highly credentialed and is ranked in the top fifteen of all four major sanctioning bodies. The Osaka-based southpaw is undefeated in eight years but he has never fought outside of his native Japan.
“This is one of the biggest sporting events to be held in Australia this year and the second biggest fight behind only Horn and Pacquiao,” says Paul Keegan of DDP Sports Management who are promoting the event. “We want to bring arena style boxing back to Australia and encourage all sports fans to get along to see what all the hype is all about.”
“Dennis is set to be Australia’s next world champion and we want to give Aussie sports fans the chance to see this kid fight live and be part of his journey.”
Hogan says that he has left no stone unturned in his preparation and is looking forward to doing his fans across two countries proud.
“I’ll have youth on my side, I’ll have aggression on my side and I’ll be ready to go all out for the full ten rounds,” says Hogan.
The 32-year-old Hogan moved to Brisbane from Kildare, Ireland seven years ago to pursue a professional boxing career when the Irish economy was tanking due to the fallout from the global financial crisis.
Words: Press Release