Anthony Cocks reports on the always interesting boxing scene in Australia
DENNIS HOGAN SUPREMELY CONIFDENT AHEAD OF WORLD TITLE CLASH
Junior middleweight contender Dennis ‘Hurricane’ Hogan 28-1-1 (7) is confident that his hunger and drive will see him wrest the WBO 154-pound title from highly-touted world champion Jaime Munguia 32-0 (26) when the pair meet at Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico on April 13.
“The hunger I have for this world championship belt is like nothing I’ve ever known before, and when I’ve found narrowed in focused on something I really want, I can achieve anything, so I know I can achieve this and get the win,” Hogan said.
“I have as good a team around me, we’re ticking all the boxes, and I have nothing but supreme confidence. It means the world to me and my family and my team to lift that belt for them and for myself.”
The well-travelled Hogan, who was born in Ireland but now lives in Brisbane, Australia, says he holds no fear of fighting in his opponent’s backyard.
“As long as there’s one flag that’s flying, I’ll be happy, and that’s all I need,” Hogan said. “We will have a few, and I believe we’ll have a very vocal crowd there between the Irish and Australians of support. Even if there wasn’t, I’ll give them my laser focus. I’ll just be cool, calm, collected, eyes on the prize and all I need to do, and that’s all that matters. But there will be a few there anyway, so that’s going to be good either way. But again, it doesn’t matter to me. I’ll just stay focused.”
The big-punching Munguia will be looking to deliver a show-stopping performance against Hogan in what may well be the 6-foot tall champion’s last fight at the weight.
But Hogan insists there are holes in the 22-year-old Mexican’s game that he can exploit.
“Every single fighter will do little things here and there that you can exploit. I mean, even a fighter that doesn’t make many mistakes, there’s still a game plan you can work out to beat that fighter,” he said. “So without saying too much about whatever holes Munguia may be making, we certainly have developed a game plan to be able to defeat his style, and whatever it is that anyone brings to the table.”
The 34-year-old Hogan will be a sizeable underdog going in to the fight, but it’s a tag he wears with pride.
“I’ve been the underdog a lot in my career. I understand where it’s at, and I know that – I understand that all the pressure will be on Munguia going back to México and having to fight there,” he said. “You know, whatever way he deals with that, I don’t believe that that’s a major strength in my game plan anyway. My game plan is set, and I’m ready to do whatever it takes.
“But I am here to make an upset, and with that I have a lot of confidence. So I enjoy people asking who he’d like to fight next because when other names are being mentioned, they’re probably the names I’ll be fighting next.”
JASON MOLONEY KICKS OF 2019 CAMPAIGN WITH A WIN
Bantamweight contender Jason Moloney 18-1 (15) got back in the winner’s circle with a fifth round cut-eye stoppage of Cris Paulino 19-4 (8) at Seagulls Rugby League Club in Tweed Heads, NSW last Saturday night.
It was the 28-year-old Australian’s first hit-out since dropping a split decision to IBF 118-pound champion Emmanuel Rodriguez in the World Boxing Super Series last October.
"I felt I boxed well on Saturday night and I was delighted to be back in the ring. I’ve not really stopped training after the Rodriguez fight and that controversial loss has made me a better fighter and I felt that I showed I am a world level fighter in my performance last Saturday evening,” Moloney said.
"I have been working on things in the gym with [coach] Angelo [Hyder] and I was able to pull those off in the fight and I showed I have multiple dimensions to my game, and that’s what you need at the top level."
Moloney now has his sights set on another world title fight and is ranked highly by all of the governing bodies.
"I want another crack at the world title. I have a great team who I believe can make that happen but that is what I want. I feel I beat Rodriguez and most people believed I did so now I want to go out and prove I am the best bantamweight in the world and I am ready to fight anyone for a world title," said Moloney, whose twin brother Andrew is a super flyweight contender.
Moloney’s manager Tony Tolj was pleased with his latest performance and believes a second world title shot is just around the corner.
"Jason did exactly what we expected him to do on Saturday night. He is a class act and he has shown he is a top draw world level fighter,” Tolj said.
"For me, the next step is definitely world titles, and my plan is to ensure Jason and brother Andrew are both world champions before the year is out."
ZAC DUNN RETURNS THIS FRIDAY ON BIG TIME BOXING SHOW
WBO number seven super middleweight Zac ‘Dynamo’ Dunn 27-1 (22) returns to the ring when he takes on WBO number 13 Patrick Rokohl 16-0 (12) of Germany over 10 rounds at the Melbourne Pavilion in Flemington, Victoria this Friday night on a Big Time Boxing promotion.
The 28-year-old Melburnian has won four fights inside the distance since his shock loss to David Brophy at the same venue two years ago.
In the main support bout Australian middleweight champion Tej Pratap Singh 14-4-2 (8) will defend his title against Viktor Agateljan 7-0 (4) over 10 rounds.
BOXING BACK AT THE MALVERN TOWN HALL
Junior welterweight Terry Tzouramanis 21-4-3 (3) will clash with former national lightweight champion Gaige Ireland 6-2-2 (3) for the WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental title at the Malvern Town Hall in Malvern, Victoria this Saturday night.
Tzouramanis bounced back from a decision loss to Jayar Inson on the Manny Pacquiao versus Lucas Matthysse with a 10-round unanimous decision win over Victor Odindo last November.
Ireland scored a six-round decision win over veteran Mick Shaw in February, two months after losing his Australian 135-pound crown to Jacob Ng.
Middleweight Emmanuel Carlos 9-1 (7) takes on Wade Ryan 16-7 (5) for the OPBF Silver title over 10 rounds.
The show is a co-promotion between Hosking Promotions and Peter Maniatis Events.