Hogan addresses Moxon controversy, talks US debut delay and Irish homecoming
New WBA Oceania light-middleweight champion Dennis Hogan has brushed off some negativity towards his recent victory over Steve Moxon and is fully focused on his impending American debut, potentially later this year.
The 29 year-old Irishman, who is based in Australia, added another title belt to his career accolades via a split decision over Moxon and was duly given a healthy boost up the WBA rankings for good measure.
“It was massive for me, it’s the next big step in my career and I am glad to get the title which means I have progresses nicely,” Hogan told World Boxing News.
“I have now moved from State, National and onto Continental titles, so I am looking forward to adding world level to the list now.”
Hogan’s win over Moxon has been slightly soured following one of the judges carding a massive 118-111 score against the ‘Hurricane’ who is convinced that he did more than enough throughout the fight to take the fringe WBA belt.
“Well this has been the most disappointing part about it for me, that I could win the fight so clearly and a judge give him the fight,” said Hogan.
“I’ve been boxing for 21 years and unless I win inside the distance I never feel certain of a shutout score, but to me justice prevailed and I got the deserved win. I think I’ll bite my tongue on this one, but what I will say is that anybody who gave Moxon that fight needs to have a chat to themselves.
It’s on to a much-talked about debut Stateside for Hogan, who was rumoured to be featuring on the undercard to the WBA middleweight title clash between stablemate Jarrod Fletcher and Danny Jacobs on August 9. Wiithout confirming that was the case, the 19-0-1 boxer did reveal he has been forced to wait a little longer to make the trip and is awaiting more news from his team.
“I couldn’t wait to get back in the gym, never mind a fight in the Sates, but there has been a bit as a change as to when I will be fighting there,” he explained. “It hasn’t been cancelled, just put off a bit and I cannot wait to finally make the announcement when it’s all done.
“I feel 100% confident in my ability and the obvious next step in my career is a fight in the States, so when it happens I am ready.
Hogan went on: “In the next 12 months I want to be lined up for a world title fight, or the very least a world title eliminator, and until then I will be pouring my heart and soul into making that a reality.
“For the immediate future I want to get this fight in the States and I also want to fight in Ireland in a homecoming fight at some stage. The support I get from Ireland is really unbelievable and hard to believe sometimes as I haven’t had a pro fight there yet. I would love to walk out to a passionate Irish crowd on Irish soil, it would really be a dream come true for me.
“The boxing fans in Ireland a very smart about the sport and its a shame that they don’t have more shows over there. I can see things might be changing now and they are looking at putting on a few big shows, so hopefully I can be a part of it, who knows?”
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