Dennis Hogan delighted with Down Under return

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Kildare’s Dennis Hogan made a victorious return to Brisbane last weekend, defeating the very game Samuel Colomban to take the WBO Oriental title.

Hurricane has relocated from Australia to Miami to help further his boxing career, but was delighted to come back to his adopted home to fight.

His Cameroon-born opponent was a dangerous foe who made for a tough fight, but Hogan but on a controlled performance to fire himself back into the World rankings of a major organisation.

The title-chasing light middleweight spoke to Irish-Boxing.com about the win and explained “I felt that is was a good tough fight.”

“Colomban was being very awkward and tricky. He was using roughhousing tactics a lot so I just had to stay focused and composed to get the job done.”

“I would have liked to be more free to do some more stuff I’ve been working on, but he demanded a lot of respect with his style.”

“I felt comfortable in there anyway landing the clean shots with good technique.”

Hogan believed that the scorecards for the bout painted something of a misleading picture of the fight. The Kilcullen man noted how “we thought he [Colomban] might have won one round, two being generous. One judge was spot on at 8-2, 7-3 was also okay, but the 6-4 scorecard was well off.”

The Lilywhite has cultivated a huge following on the Australian East Coast, but admits that he was blown away by the reception for his first fight Down Under in over two years.

Hogan described how “I knew by the way the ticket sales had gone to expect that atmosphere, but I had forgotten how powerful it was and how you have to really zone into the fight while all that is going on.”

“It was incredible to feel that again and I look forward to more of the same in the future.”

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