Dennis Hogan [28(7)-3(1)-1] is so desperate to trade leather he wants on any potential Dublin show this summer.
‘The Hurricane’ has world title assault plans and hopes to be out in America before the year is out.
However, if the chance to fight earlier than the Autumn arose Hogan would jump at it.
As a result, upon hearing DDP Promotions, a promotional outfit he is very much a part of, are exploring options with regard to running a behind closed doors TV studio show in Ireland, he made his availability known.
Speaking to Irish-boxing.com DDP’s Paul Keegan revealed: “Dennis is so keen to punch someone he pitched fighting on a behind closed doors show in Dublin to me. We are trying to put that together at the minute. Now that would be cool.”
Keegan has been formulating plans to run a studio show before crowds can return to boxing.
TG4 have had great success with viewing figures of over 250,000 when the broadcast shows from Dublin and Mayo in recent times.
However, the outside broadcast costs are rumoured to remain a hindrance in terms of regular shows being aired.
Keegan believes with that cost not being an issue for a studio show the time is not right to put on a strong televised card.
No news as to whether the Irish television stations feel the same has emerged.
If the show was to go ahead and Hogan was to appear it would be the two time world title challenger’s first fight in Ireland since his amateur days.
He had always planned to come home when he won a world title and as a world champion. That dream may have already come to fruition but for some controversial scoring in his WBO light middleweight challenge against Jaime Munguia in Mexico last year.
If Dublin doesn’t come off the fighter, who has recently appointed Irish legend Wayne McCullough as his trainer, will look to fight in America late in the year.
Post his defeat to Jarmell Charlo in a WBC middleweight world title fight, Showtime assured Hogan he would be welcomed back – and the plan now seems to be to get a fight under McCullough before chasing down a second shot a 154lbs.
“This week has been all about getting Dennis and Benny Mahoney – our next superstar with an Irish name but born in Australia – fighting in the states. Wayne and Dennis can’t wait to get going.”