Dennis Hogan I Used to Being Underestimated
As Dennis “Hurricane” Hogan (28-2-1, 7 KO’s) prepares to face WBC world middleweight champion Jermall “Hit Man” Charlo (29-0, 21 KO’s), he realizes he has his work cut out for him. Charlo is the champ, a formidable opponent and will have the majority of the press behind him. Yet, even in the face of all these “would be” negative factors, the Irish/Australian boxer remains unperturbed.
BATTLE TESTED AND BATTLE READY
This will not be the first time he has found himself caught in a tough situation. In his recent prizefight with former WBO junior middleweight champion Jaime Munguia, he (and the most of the boxing world) feels he was the victim of a raw deal on the scorecards.
After twelve rounds of action, Hogan lost a decision that is almost universally believed to be the result of grossly biased judges. While it was no fun to experience, Hogan has taken it all in stride.
In his mind, everything that he has undergone in his professional career, even that unfortunate incident, has prepared him for his bout with Charlo. Going a step beyond this, Hogan is used to his opponents and their backers playing him a bit short.
When supplying an interview with Fight Hub TV the Hurricane explained how many of his past foes have vowed to knock him out. In fact, his last six straight opponents have promised to do just that. So, now that a significant amount of people foresee him getting slumped in the ring does nothing to ruffle his feathers. At his juncture in his career it’s all par for the course.
“Even if I am the favorite, the opponent will be underestimating me. Everybody reckons that they can knock me out. So, I don’t know where they’re getting that from, but every single fighter in my last five or six opponents have all said they were going to knock me out!”
NO LUCK NEEDED FOR THIS IRISHMAN
Not only has Hogan remained unshaken, he believes he will be the one to crush Charlo’s resolve once inside the ring. As any fighter worth his ring trunks would, the Hurricane is immensely confident in his own skills, ability and punching power. With these tools, along with his wealth of experience, Hogan remains optimistic that that he will prevail over Charlo in grand fashion.
While a thrilling knockout would be the most desired outcome possible, he is preparing himself for a grueling twelve round bout. In the event that the match does go to the scorecards, the Ireland born boxer is not fearful of what decision the judges might render. It’s his belief that the audience will be packed with his fellow Irishmen rooting him along to victory. In his estimation this raucous crowd will be helpful in swaying the judges his way.
“I’m certainly going to bring something that he is not used to, and it depends on what way he reacts to that. But I do feel like I can break him down. I can certainly break his will and frustrate him and that’s what we look to do.
“And I feel like that will happen before or around the mid-rounds.
“We are looking to get a knockout if we can, but we are certainly looking to win every round also. So if it does go to the scorecards we can get a win. You know we’ll have a big Irish support there. Irish/Australian support on the night and which obviously we know will have an influence on the judges.
“So, we’ll just go out there and make sure no stone is un-turned and I will get the win.”
Whether by knockout, or decision, a win for Hogan would be both unexpected and life changing. Well, it would be unexpected for many outside of Team Hogan. As far as the Hurricane is concerned, he is already a champion. Time will tell if he is meant to become an actual champion or is it all just a dream?
By: Bakari Simpson