Ho­gan is rel­ish­ing show­down with Egan

Bray People - - Sports -

DE­NIS HO­GAN from the Grange­con Box­ing Club faces the big­gest fight of his life this week­end when he steps into the ring with Olympic sil­ver medal­ist Kenny Egan.

Egan will be start­ing his quest for his ninth se­nior ti­tle in a row when the 2009 Elite na­tional se­nior cham­pi­onships recom­mence at the Na­tional Sta­dium on Fri­day night.

The Neil­stown boxer, who won his Olympic sil­ver in Bei­jing last Au­gust, has al­ready sparred with De­nis Ho­gan in train­ing camp in Spain and feels he has a good idea what to ex­pect on Fri­day when they bat­tle for a place in the light heavy-weight fi­nal.

How­ever Egan holds no dread for the Grange­con club­man ei­ther and Ho­gan says he is re­ally looking for­ward to the show­down with the Ire­land’s Olympian.

Ho­gan, who landed the club’s first All-Ire­land in­ter­me­di­ate ti­tle in De­cem­ber, says: ‘To meet that man in com­pe­ti­tion would be un­be­liev­able. He’s the best in the world as far as I’m con­cerned and it would be an hon­our and a priv­i­lege to step into the ring with him. I’ve great re­spect for Kenny, but I wouldn’t have any fear of him - sure I’ve been tak­ing punches all my life.’

Grange­con fighter De­nis Ho­gan.

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