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Dennis Hogan Insists He's Back At Full Strength At Middleweight

Dennis Hogan has been forced to sit on a disputed points loss to Jaime Munguia for nearly eight months, though he’s also put that time to plenty of good use as well.

The former junior middleweight title contender will return to the middleweight division for the first time in more than five years as he challenges unbeaten 160-pound titlist Jermall Charlo (29-0, 21KOs), who attempts the second defense of his title. The bout takes place this Saturday, live on Showtime from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, marking his third shot at a title of sorts but first outside of junior middleweight.

“It’s not a big difference,” Hogan (28-2-1, 7KOs) said of the move from 154 to 160 during a recent media conference call to discuss the fight. “In terms of strength, we’ve been able to keep my muscle building stage, my strength stage at the start of camp a little longer.

“I had a lot of time for this fight. We were able to keep that going for a long time.”

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Hogan—a 34-year old from Queensland, Australia by way of Kildare, Ireland—hasn’t fought since a 12-round defeat to Munguia (34-0, 27KOs) in their junior middleweight title fight this past April in Monterrey, Mexico. Most observers believed Hogan had done enough to win, only to have to settle for a bitter majority decision defeat.

Efforts to secure a rematch proved futile, as did a targeted junior middleweight title eliminator versus Erickson Lubin, prompting a move up the scale and for the eight-plus year ring veteran a return to a more comfortable weight. Hogan turned pro in 2011 as a light heavyweight, slowly working his way down the scale before settling into a middleweight frame by the end of his rookie year.

All but one of Hogan’s seven career knockouts have taken place at middleweight or heavier, though all versus relative non-descript competition. The scrappy Irishman is known more for his grit than his power, although the effects of his extended training camp have him feeling like he can cause damage on Saturday.

“That’s what I needed because it’s not about having to dehydrate so much,” Hogan said of the weight process. “I feel good doing it and am ready to perform very well.

“I’ve always wondered, do I punch as hard as I used to when I was at middleweight before. On Saturday night we’re going to find out for sure.”

Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Richard G on 12-03-2019

Just like Horn was persuaded to move up weight the same gangsters have persuaded Hogan to do the same in another attempted money grab. Hogan is a busy fighter which makes some think he is winning during a fight but…

Comment by Mammoth on 12-03-2019

Who gives a sh[B]i[/B]t?

Comment by slimPickings on 12-03-2019

I'll be rooting for the underdog here. Unless there is a massive disparity in size, i believe Hogan acquit's himself well for as long as it lasts.

Comment by robbyheartbaby on 12-03-2019

This fight SUCKS I am so sick of the Charlo's ffs. Hogan ain't no middleweight I don't know who he's fooling. If by a miracle it goes 12 and Hogan picks up rounds he ain't getting no decision over Charlo…

Comment by PBR Streetgang on 12-03-2019

[QUOTE=Aussiebox2019;20225878]Sorry to say but im aussie and hogan starched in 6 one sided rounds, just how can he pull this off...[/QUOTE] Y'know, it could be a mismatch and probably should be a mismatch but with Charlo you just never know.…

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