Dennis Hogan knows he’s “a cat now on his ninth life”, but the Australian-Irish plans to soak up every last second as he prepares for one last shot at a world title.
Hogan (30-4) will take on champion Sam Eggington (32-7) for the IBO super middleweight belt and give Australian boxing fans a big advantage, with the fight taking place Down Under.
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And the Kildare native knows this is his last chance to conquer the world once and for all.
“I said I’m going to give it one more crack,” Hogan said. foxsports.com.au.
“Now we’re back here, it’s what happened. I’m not picking myself up off the ground to get back up.
“I’m not getting any younger, it’s a youth sport. I am 37 years old. Of course I submitted.
“Now, it’s do or die. Now or never. Either I’m going to be world champion or I’m not.
Three of Hogan’s four losses thus far have been unsuccessful world title shots.
The first came in 2015 against Ecuadorian-born German Jacques Culcay in 2019 with back-to-back losses against undefeated Mexicans Jaime Mungia and Jermall Charlo.
A bitter Aussie boxing feud is set to be resolved as the Championship’s bid to delay its title claim is rejected.
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Being on the wrong side of the score was overwhelming for the moment, but for Hogan and his team, they knew there was always a chance to bounce back and rebuild.
However, with Father Time working on him, he believes Hogan will be a more dangerous prospect than he was against Culcay, Munguia and Charlo.
“I keep training because that part is always there, if it goes bad, we can go again,” Hogan said.
But I have exhausted all the lives in my basket. I am now a cat in its ninth life. I have to fix this and I’m making sure I do.”
Crucially, this will be Hogan’s first world title fight where he won’t have to go overseas.
The fight is understood to take place in early October, with Newcastle and Hogan’s adopted city of Brisbane among the venues chosen to host the fight.
This is why Hogan feels more confident in this title than in his previous attempts.
“You wouldn’t believe the amount of travel I had to do,” Hogan said.
“For Charlo, we had to go to Miami and stay there for three weeks, training in the heat.
“Before that we had to go to New York and the media obligations were crazy. I had to leave Australia six weeks ago, fly to New York, a 30-hour flight, spend a day and a half in New York, then a 30-hour flight back.
“I did my best in terms of what needed to be done. I’ve done them all. I’ve been there and done pretty well for the most part.
“This time, I’m going to stay here and focus on my training while he has to travel. I feel very good about that.
“I still feel confident wherever I fight. But when I found out I could get that, it was another box ticked for me.”