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Jeff Horn Helping Hogan Prepare For WBO Eliminator With Kelly

The same gym that produced Jeff Horn could soon have another world champion boxer in its midst.

Irish-born Dennis Hogan, who trains at Glenn Rushton's Stretton Boxing Club, has been elevated to No.2 in the WBO's super welterweight rankings.

It means Hogan's next fight, against the No.3-ranked Englishman Jimmy Kelly next month at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, is essentially a world title eliminator.

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The winner will move into a mandatory position to challenge the WBO beltholder, American Sadam Ali.

The delay of Horn's own title fight against Terence Crawford means he and Rushton will be ringside on April 7 to support Hogan, who has a 26-1-1 record.

Horn was sparring with Hogan to aid his preparations within hours of hearing the fight was delayed because of a right-hand injury to Crawford.

There is still no indication when it will be rescheduled.

Three other members of Rushton's stable will fight on the same night as Hogan, including 2014 Commonwealth Games silver medallist Joe Goodall, who crashed out of qualification for Gold Coast and will be making his professional debut.

IN OTHER NEWS: Unbeaten Scottish super-welterweights Kieran Smith and Michael McGurk have signed management deals with MTK Global.

Southpaw 'Chopper' Smith (10-0-KO5) and current WBC Silver world youth champion McGurk (10-0-KO3) are both just 24 and determined to reach the pinnacle of the sport.

Smith said: "I chose MTK Global because they're the fastest-growing management company in the world. I'm confident they will get me the opportunities I've been working for.

"I want to be in the biggest fights and my ultimate goal is to become a champion of the world. Mark my words it will happen. I wouldn't have turned professional if I didn't believe it."

McGurk said: "MTK Global have risen to the top quickly and that's what I want to do too.

"The calibre of boxers they have in their stable is amazing and now I need to progress through the ranks and get to where I want to be.

"My career goals are simple; I want to fight the best, beat the best and be the best. I want to win major titles and make a name for myself and a life for myself. I know MTK Global will get me there."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Letmaku on 03-24-2018

Good luck boys! 🎌

Comment by Mick Higgs on 03-23-2018

I'd like to see Keiran Smith fight Scottish champion Marc Kerr next.

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