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Hogan: I Thought Munguia Would Give Me A Rematch

NEW YORK – Dennis Hogan hoped Jaime Munguia would give him a rematch.

The Irish contender was certain he had earned that opportunity April 13, when Hogan gave the unbeaten Mexican the most difficult fight of his pro career. Munguia’s majority-decision win, no matter how controversial, made Hogan too much of a high-risk, low-reward proposition to seriously consider granting him a second shot at Munguia’s WBO junior middleweight title.

“The Mexicans are such passionate fighters, with such heart and determination,” Hogan told “Going on that, and the legends of Mexican boxing, I thought he would give me that rematch, that he would wanna better himself, to be like Chavez Sr. and Barrera. But I think maybe it’s more about the money now. Maybe his team pulled him back from it. I don’t know. I did believe I would get [a rematch]. I didn’t get it.”

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The 23-year-old Munguia (34-0, 27 KOs) instead stopped Ghana’s Patrick Allotey (40-4, 30 KOs) in his subsequent contest, September 14 in Carson, California. He since has vacated the WBO’s 154-pound crown to move up to 160 pounds, the weight at which he’ll face Ireland’s Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan (30-3, 21 KOs) on January 11 at The Alamodome in San Antonio.

Munguia’s moves eventually enabled Hogan (28-2-1, 7 KOs) to land his second title shot of 2019. He, too, has moved up to the middleweight division for a shot Saturday night at WBC world 160-pound champion Jermall Charlo (29-0, 21 KOs).

“I felt, myself, that I had won the fight [against Munguia],” Hogan said. “The commentator came in straight away and said, at the very least, it was 7-5 to me in terms of rounds. I feel like it was 8-4. Again, look, it’s like I said before, it’s all about the big picture. I love boxing. It’s what I do. It’s my passion. And I dream of being world champion. And I know I’ll be world champion. So, when I left there [Monterrey, Mexico], I just stayed emotionless. And I knew, ‘Keep working hard and I’ll get that world title.’ And lo and behold, this title [shot] presents itself straight away. So, I believe this is destiny.”

Showtime will televise Charlo-Hogan as the main event of a tripleheader from Barclays Center in Brooklyn. That three-bout broadcast will begin at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

As for Munguia, Hogan expects the determined, defensively flawed fighter to succeed as a middleweight.

“He’s a great fighter,” Hogan said. “He really is a good boxer. And I’m not giving myself ups for that, either. What I give myself ups for is the game plan to nullify that, and we did that. Everything we did, we did well. A good game plan can beat anybody. That’s what I fully believe. So, I do think he can go on to be good. I think another couple of years, he could be in the mix to beat [Canelo Alvarez]. It’s all about does he want to do it? Is he training hard enough for it? I believe he can achieve anything.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Boxing Hero on 12-08-2019

When are the Charlos going to step it up? These guys are clowns and Al Haymon destroying thier careers. I still can't believe that Charlos are fighting Jamie Mungia's left overs. Smh.

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