Double the trouble – Challenger warns Charlo he faces a better Dennis Hogan than the one that fought Munguia

Proud Dennis Hogan claims fight fans will see twice the fighter that was ‘robbed’ against Jaime Munguia.

‘The Hurricane’ makes it back to back world title fights when he challenges WBC middleweight beltholder Jermall Charlo [29(21)-0] , this Saturday night on Showtime Championship Boxing from the Barclays Center.

The Kildare fighter put in a career best performance against the Mexican Munguia in May, but didn’t get just reward as the then WBO light middleweight world champ was afforded the result by the judges.

The display confirmed Hogan is a world level operator capable of competing against the very best, but that didn’t stop the Australian based Kildare man from working hard to make improvements.

The Kilcullen man claims he learnt from the reverse to Spike O’Sullivan’s January 11 opponent, worked on making improvements and as a result predicts a much better fighter will make his way to the New York ring this weekend.

“After the Munguia fight, in training, we’ve actually learned a lot, so you’ll actually see me twice as good than I was in the Munguia fight,” said Hogan when addressing gathered media during a conference call on Monday afternoon.

“I’ve made all of the changes to become a much more rounded fighter. I’ve put so much work on, and I’m actually proud of myself, which I’ve never said about myself before,” he added before claiming he put the Munguia disappointment behind him.

“It’s a little heartbreaking (the Munguia fight), but I’ve put that in the back of my mind.”

Hogan moves up to middleweight for to fight one of two champion brothers, but has stressed that won’t prove an issue, especially considering he competed internationally at light heavyweight back in his amateur days.

The Kildare favourite also suggested 160lbs will be were he stays, but was keen to point out he is focused on securing victory this weekend.

“There are some big fights in that division, but first and foremost, I’m looking forward to Jermall Charlo. That’s where my focus lies,” he said before reiterating the belief he will have sizable support.

“There are people coming to see me fight, and when you get there Saturday night, it will sound like I’m the A-side fighter.”

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sport for a living for 19 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: [email protected]