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Unbeaten Dennis Hogan ready for step-up, open to future Anthony Mundine fight

Phil Jay 10/06/2014

Irish-born Australian light-middleweight Dennis Hogan is back in action on July 6 in Victoria, with an opponent to be announced for the unbeaten fighter in the coming days.

Hogan, 29, boasts an 18-0-1 record since turning professional in April 2011 and believes his is ready to push on to the next level, having previously claimed titles at domestic level in his native country.

“I’m back on July 6, although we have not yet named an opponent for it yet,” Hogan told World Boxing News.

“I have been working a lot on strength and conditioning, along with my technique at the moment, and when we have a opponent named, we can go hard preparing for the guy. It will all out then!

“One thing is for sure that the next fight is going to be a big step up,” he explained. “It’s a very big title and only top opponents can be sanctioned for this title – but I’m ready for the challenge.”

Having previously picked up the Aussie middleweight belt, Hogan sees his immediate future campaigning at 154lbs, but Hogan says the scene couldn’t be much hotter at home with Daniel Geale and Jarrod Fletcher fighting for world titles on the back of Sam Soliman winning the IBF version.

“It’s a very talented division indeed,” said Hogan. “I see both Geale and Jarrod having a great chance of winning there fights. There opponents are great, there’s no doubt but this is there chance to show what there made of and I think Australia will be very proud of the outcome in both fights.

“As for me, I’m going to be fighting at light-middleweight from here on in so I can’t really see me fighting either of them, especially Jarrod as we’re stablemates and sparring partners. Maybe Geale down the line, but someone like Anthony Mundine would be a great opportunity for me and one I’d grab with both hands.”

And asked whether a big fight in the US was on his wishlist for the future, Hogan responded: “Not so much a goal for me really, but I can see it happening in the not to distant future.

“I am looking forward to the feeling of being involved in those big fights and America is not too far a journey for my family and friends in Ireland to get to a fight, so that would be another big positive too,” he added.

Right now the sky is limit for Hogan if ‘The Hurricane’ can keep improving and adding W’s to his record, with Hogan’s career ready for take off after another successful night at Grand Star Receptions next month.

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