The Courier-Mail

HOGAN UP FOR BASH IN BERLIN

- GRANTLEE KIEZA @kieza_cmail

AUSTRALIA hasn’t had a world boxing champion for two years but Brisbane’s livewire Dennis Hogan claims he’s red hot to rectify that situation.

The heavy hitter from Hamilton will fight German Jack Culcay in Berlin on September 26 with a great chance of becoming Queensland’s third world titleholde­r after Olympians Robbie Peden and Michael Katsidis.

Ireland-born Hogan, who has lived in Brisbane for the best part of five years and turned profession­al here in 2011, is riding a wave of success that has seen him win his past three fights in the US.

It’s a far cry from his first amateur bout in Ireland at age eight when the gloves were so big on his hands the laces stretched up to his elbows.

He tackles Culcay for the WBA interim world championsh­ip at 70kg inside the 11,000-seat Max Schmeling Hall, named after Germany’s boxing hero.

Hogan knows the German will have enormous support as Hogan tries to become Australia’s first world champ since Daniel Geale in 2013.

“Culcay is a very popular fighter in Germany, but thanks to living and training here in the best city in the world I’m in great shape and full of confidence.

‘‘I represente­d Ireland in an amateur tournament against Australia here at the Irish Club in the city five years ago and Steve Deller, a terrific trainer in Newstead, suggested I stay and base myself here.

“One look at the beautiful sunshine outside and he didn’t have to try too hard to convince me.”

Five years down the track Hogan is unbeaten in 23 pro fights while Culcay, a 2008 Olympian and 2009 world amateur champion, has 20 wins against one points defeat that he subsequent­ly avenged.

Hogan has been sparring London Olympian Jeff Horn and will head to Dublin on Thursday to finish his preparatio­n with a week of sparring there before hitting the German capital.

Victory could see him make the first defence of the title against Anthony Mundine, whose next fight is scheduled against well-regarded American Charles Hatley in Melbourne on November 11.

Hogan’s trainer Steve Deller said they would welcome a Mundine fight.

“We’re ready any time, provided Mundine’s backers can put up the cash worthy of a world champion,” Deller said.

 ??  ?? TITLE SHOT: Boxer Dennis Hogan will take on German Jack Culcay for an interim title on September 26. Picture: Darren England.
TITLE SHOT: Boxer Dennis Hogan will take on German Jack Culcay for an interim title on September 26. Picture: Darren England.

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