Horn puts a world ti­tle for spar­ring mate Ho­gan on to- do list

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - GRANTLEE KIEZA

JEFF Horn is ready to help his mate Den­nis Ho­gan join him as a Queens­land world box­ing cham­pion, with their Bris­bane club be­com­ing a ma­jor global player in the sport.

Ho­gan, the world No. 3 con­tender for the WBO 70kg ti­tle, has sparred dozens of rounds with 66kg cham­pion Horn and will be train­ing along­side him for the Manny Pac­quiao re- match tipped for Sun­corp Sta­dium in the sum­mer.

The Ir­ish- born Ho­gan takes an­other step to­ward a world ti­tle of his own when he tack­les Ja­pan’s world No. 9 Yuki Non­aka at the Bris­bane Con­ven­tion Cen­tre on Oc­to­ber 14.

Lo­gan pow­er­house Alex Lea­pai, who chal­lenged Wladimir Kl­itschko for the world heavy­weight ti­tle in Ger­many three years ago, will fight on the un­der­card and Horn’s long- time spar­ring part­ner Sam Ban­ney will face Faris Che­va­lier for the Aus­tralian su­per- mid­dleweight ti­tle.

Horn, who re­turned to train­ing on Mon­day in prepa­ra­tion for the Pac­quiao rematch, likely un­der a huge mar­quee at Sun­corp in early De­cem­ber, said Ho­gan had the heart of a cham­pion “and I’m sure he will soon turn that heart into a world ti­tle belt’’.

“There are no egos at our Stret­ton Box­ing Club,’’ Horn said. “We all want to see Den­nis crowned world champ.’’

Ho­gan’s only loss in 27 pro fights was on points to Ger­many’s in­terim world ti­tle­holder Jack Cul­cay in 2015.

Ho­gan said: “Train­ing along­side Jeff Horn is a real in­spi­ra­tion. I’ve learned a lot from the loss to Cul­cay and Jeff has in­spired me to win a world cham­pi­onship of my own.’’

An­other of Horn’s club- mates, Joe Goodall, the 2014 Com­mon­wealth Games su­per­heavy­weight sil­ver medal­list, leaves for Ger­many in two weeks to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia at the world am­a­teur ti­tles.

He has been in hard spar­ring with Aus­tralian pro­fes­sional heavy­weight champ Dem­sey McKean and world youth cham­pion Justis Huni.

Horn, Goodall and Ban­ney have all been coached by Glenn Rush­ton.

CHAL­LENGE: Den­nis Ho­gan has sparred with Jeff Horn.

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