By Anthony Cocks
DENNIS HOGAN SECURES SECOND WORLD TITLE FIGHT AT MIDDLEWEIGHT
Australian-based Irishman Dennis ‘Hurricane’ Hogan 28-2-1 (7) will move up six pounds in weight to challenge WBC middleweight champion Jermall Charlo 29-0 (21) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on December 7.
The 34-year-old was unlucky to be denied victory in his previous bout against WBO 154-pound champion Jaime Munguia 34-0 (27) in Mexico in April when he was forced to settle for a majority decision in a fight many fans and pundits thought he won.
“All light middleweight avenues were explored. I had my team working hard for all the time in between my last fight. I knew it would be tough to get fights,” Hogan told Irish-boxing.
“I knew for a long time my best performance was yet to come and I wanted it to come as I captured the [world title] belt. The once I had the belt I felt everyone would want to fight me.
“Unfortunately the performance came [against Munguia], but we left without the belt. So I had nothing to offer, but everyone got to see how awkward my movement and I became avoided by the guys at light middle.”
Hogan was left with the option of working his way back into mandatory challenger status or pursuing another path.
“It was looking too difficult, it took years and years to get to WBO mandatory,” Hogan continued.
“Unfortunately in boxing most fighters are looking for an advantage on an opponent before they fight, but I’m just like ‘every fight is tough, dare to be great and go for the best to get to the top’ – and this fight is certainly that.
“This is definitely an opportunity move, rather than do all the getting position to force mandatory again. We have the world title fight straight up and ready right now, what more can you ask for?
“I have been a champion at middleweight before and I can do it again at world level.”
FORMER WORLD CHAMPION TJ DOHENY RETURNS WITH A WIN
Former IBF super bantamweight champion TJ ‘The Power’ Doheny 22-1 (16) returned to the winner’s circle with a fifth-round stoppage of journeyman Jesus Martinez 26-10 (13) at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago on Saturday night.
Southpaw Doheny, 32, was having his first fight back since losing his world title unification bout to WBA champion Danny Roman 27-2-1 (10) in Los Angeles in April. In a hard-fought battle over 12-rounds Doheny lost by majority decision.
“I have to say it hasn’t been a nice feeling dragging around an L for the past six months and I’m looking forward to getting back to winning ways and building momentum for bigger fights in the very near future,” Doheny told Irish-boxing ahead of the fight.
“It feels great to be back in the swing of things and having that fight week buzz again. It’s great to be back on a high-profile card like this and I want to thank MTK Global for getting me the opportunity.”
JAI OPETAIA TO FACE MARK FLANAGAN IN TANTALISING CRUISERWEIGHT CLASH
Cruiserweight hotshot Jai Opetaia 18-0 (14) faces the toughest test of his career when he takes on former world title challenger Mark ‘Bam Bam’ Flanagan 24-7 (17) at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion on November 16.
The 24-year-old southpaw has barely lost a round since turning pro four years ago and is currently ranked IBF number 10, WBA number 11 and WBO number 13.
Flanagan, 29, went 12 rounds with then-WBA cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev in Russia in 2017.
ROHAN MURDOCK ON VERGE OF WORLD TITLE SHOT
WBO number two super middleweight Rohan ‘No Mercy’ Murdock 24-1 (17) is on the verge of a world title shot after it was announced purse bids will be held for a fight with number three ranked contender Zach Parker 18-0 (12) at the Puerto Rican sanctioning body’s head office in San Juan on October 17.
If the 27-year-old Queenslander is successful against Parker, he will become the mandatory challenger to undefeated WBO 168-pound champion Billy Joe Saunders 28-0 (13).
JAYDE MITCHELL TO HEADLINE BIG FOX SPORTS CARD
WBC number eight super middleweight Jayde ‘J-Mitch’ Mitchell 19-1 (10) will square off against Stanislav Kashtanov 36-4 (21) over 10 rounds at the State Basketball Centre in Wantirna, Victoria on November 23.
The 33-year-old Mitchell is keen to get some momentum back into his career after spending time on the sidelines due to injury.
The fight will headline the new Fox Sports boxing series and is being promoted by Hosking Promotions in association with Duco Events.
JOEL CAMILERRI BACK IN ACTION ON FRIDAY IN MELBOURNE
Former Australian junior middleweight champion Joel ‘CamaKO’ Camilleri 17-6-1 (8) will have his first fight under new coach Glenn Rushton when he takes on veteran Samuel Colomban 25-11-1 (11) at the Melbourne Pavilion in Melbourne on Friday night.
Camilerri, 29, lost his last outing to rising star Tim Tszyu 14-0 (10) in Sydney in May.
JASON WHATELEY GOES 6-0 IN BAIRNSDALE
Talented cruiserweight Jason Whateley 6-0 (5) scored a second-round knockout over Argentinean Alejandro Valori 24-16 (17) in a scheduled eight-round heavyweight bout at the Aquatic & Recreation Centre in Bairnsdale, Victoria on Saturday night.
The 28-year-old Whateley is a former Rio Olympian.