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It's D-Day for Hogan

Dennis set for title fight with dangerous Mexican

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Dennis Hogan.  Photo: Chris Hyde/Getty Images

Dennis Hogan. Photo: Chris Hyde/Getty Images

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Dennis Hogan. Photo: Chris Hyde/Getty Images

Before Joe Ward ripped away his domestic crown, Kenny Egan reigned supreme at light-heavyweight in the Irish amateur ranks.

Tommy McCarthy, Darren Cruise and Darren O'Neill were among those who tried to depose Egan. Dennis Hogan was another.

Today, with Kenny employing his "Keep it real" slogan for Fine Gael, Hogan is in Mexico preparing for the biggest test of his sporting life.

On the line is the WBO world super welterweight title held by Jaime Munguia, an unbeaten 22-year old from Tijuana who won 26 of his 32 pro fights by knock-out.

Sadam Ali was down in two rounds before being stopped in the fourth when he disputed Munguia's belt.

Brandon Cook got to one minute and three seconds of the third round in his attempt.

Liam Smith (26-1-1) survived a sixth-round knock-down in Las Vegas to go the distance but lose on a UD.

Just six fighters have withstood Munguia's destructive punching power. Hogan plans on being another as he targets this prestigious title.

The Kildare man reckons Munguia's history of early stoppages will play to his advantage.

Describing himself as "a crafty veteran" Dennis says: "I'll win this for sure. All those rounds he hasn't had because of the knockouts are rounds I got in and had experience. I found out what it was like to be in there and problem-solve in those situations.

"When he gets in those situations there'll be big questions asked and I'll be asking those questions of him."

No doubt harking back to those days in the amateur ranks, Hogan has told reporters: "I've been the underdog a lot in my career. I understand where it's at. I understand that all the pressure will be on Munguia going back to Mexico and having to fight there."

Convinced

At 34, Hogan is convinced his experience will serve him well, especially in the championship rounds.

He's not a novice, having picked up the WBA Oceania belt, the WBO Oriental title, the WBO Intercontinental title and the IBF Pan Pacific title along the way.

Since he made his pro debut in Queensland eight years ago, fearless Hogan (28-1-1) has finished early on just seven occasions. Strong as an ox, he's well used to battling through to a win over the distance.

Experience versus punching power is too simple a breakdown of this fight. But the Irishman insists: "He lacks the ability to solve the problems I'm going to give him. He'll get frustrated."