By Jonny Stapleton
Super middleweight king of Queensland Dennis Hogan is planning to rule the Australian province’s middleweight division come March 23.
The Kildare fighter, who made his debut at light heavyweight and was once a foe for Kenny Egan in his amateur days, has shed further weight in a bid to pick up his second pro title.
One of a number of fighter on the up Down under, Hogan trades leather with Nathan Carroll in Mansfield Tavern, Mansfield, Queensland, next month.
“This fight is actually for the Queensland middleweight title. If all goes well I should have two belts after the final bell. It will mean a lot to me to have the middleweight belt too. I am very grateful already to have the super middleweight title and to add the middleweight title will show all the hard work me and my team are putting in,” Hogan told www.irish-boxing.com
Although the Irish fighter has fought experienced Australian opponents Carroll is the first pugilist he has challenged that can boasts a winning record.
The 29 year old is unbeaten in six and indeed his record makes very similar reading to Hogans. However, the Hurricane is brewing up a storm and is confident he can register win number seven in the title fight.
“Nathan is a very good fighter. He is very slick and tricky. He is also undefeated so he will be wanting to keep his record intact. I am just doing everything right at the minute and progressing every session and I feel I will be too much for him too handle.”
Hogan is hoping for a big year but is adamant he isn’t looking past the challenge of the unbeaten Carroll. Indeed the Lilywhite has a stiff challenge before his title fight as he fights later this month on a mix codes show and is hoping to bring pain to David Galvin in the Hurtsville Entertainment centre.
“Before my title fight in March I am getting a fight in Sydney. It is a six rounder with a very awkward and tough boxer David Galvin. I have seen this guy making his pro debut and he is hard as coffin nails and had a big amateur career. He is ready to cause upsets so I will to be at my best that night too,” Hogan added before discussing the mix codes aspect.
“It is a mixed codes night with other forms of fighting which will be a good experience. I can’t see it making a difference to the way I usually go about my fight nights. That’s fight night is in the Hurtsville Entertainment Center in Sydney on February 24.”
Although he is halfway round the world Hogan keeps an keen eye on the domestic scene and he took the time to wish all the National Elite finalists luck in tonight’s eagerly anticipated deciders.
“I would like to say best of luck to all the fighters in the Irish finals tonight.”