Dennis Hogan has UFC legend Conor McGregor in his sights, but first he needs to take care of unfinished business in the boxing arena and land the world title that has so far evaded him
Boxing veteran Dennis Hogan is eyeing off an all-Irish blockbuster against UFC legend Conor McGregor, but the red-bearded underdog must first rewrite history and claim the super welterweight world title on Saturday.
Hogan will take to the ring in Newcastle for a career-defining bout, having his fourth shot at the title after three failed attempts.
Sam Eggington (L) and Dennis Hogan (R) face-off during a weigh-in for their Super Welterweight World Title bout in Newcastle
The Brisbane-based Irishman will face-off against British young gun, ‘The Savage’ Sam Eggington in No Limit’s Super Saturday boxing card.
At 37, Hogan is running out of time to fulfil his title dream, which was most recently put to bed in 2019, losing to Mexican Jaime Munguia, where many believed the points decision was wrong.
Since a tough loss to Aussie superstar Tim Tszyu in March 2021, Hogan has battled through his last two bouts to win on points, taking his 35-fight career to a stunning 30 victories.
Dennis Hogan poses for a portrait with No Limit boxing in October during a promotional event
If the Irishman is to knock Eggington to the canvas, he says it would open the door to a mega showdown against his fellow, outspoken countryman McGregor.
‘It would mean everything to say I am a world champion,’ Hogan told News Corp.
‘There is a lot riding on this fight. It will define my professional career and I can look back and say I won a world title, I ticked that box, or I will say it’s the one elusive belt that got away.
If I win, the first thing I will do is get in touch with Conor’s coach and say is there any chance Conor may want this?
I would love to go back to Ireland and have a title defence there. I am due a homecoming, I haven’t fought in Ireland since my amateur days so it would be great to go back there and defend my title.’
Conor McGregor boasts to the crowd during UFC246 against Donald Cerrone in January 2020
‘The Notorious’ 28-brawl star has featured in the boxing ring before – coming off second best to Floyd Mayweather in their $380million 2017 event.
Hogan says he is fitter, faster, smarter and sharper than his opponent Sam Eggington, who may be more of a challenge than he thinks.
At 17, Eggington had his first child and was driving forklifts to provide for his young family.
When he was moved on, the Birmingham local turned back to boxing and brawled for coin.
Dennis Hogan weighs in for his Newcastle Title fight – which could resurge or end his illustrious career
10 years later, he boasts a 32-7 record with an impressive 18 knockouts, 11 more than the ‘Hurricane’ Hogan.
Eggington will make his Australian debut while on a winning streak of four that dates back to 2020.
Hogan was undefeated for his first 23 career fights and was undone in 2015 by Jack Culcay when travelling to Germany.
The two face off tonight, with undercard bouts starting from 7pm Sydney time.