Tszyu vs Hogan super welterweight fight: What you need to know
By Simon Smale
Posted 8hhours ago, updated 8hhours ago
A composite photo of Tim Tszyu and Dennis Hogan shadow boxing
Tim Tszyu and Dennis Hogan will meet in a career-defining bout in Newcastle.(AAP: Darren Pateman)
The latest chapter in the career of Australia's hottest boxing prospect, Tim Tszyu, is about to be written.
Tszyu (17-0) is taking on experienced Brisbane-based Irishman, 36-year-old Dennis Hogan (28-3-1) at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre in what has been billed as the Steel City Showdown.
The Newcastle Entertainment Centre should be used to hosting Tszyu fights.
Tim's dad Kostya fought in Newcastle seven times during his storied career, successfully defending his IBF super lightweight title there twice against Roger Mayweather and Jan Piet Bergman.
Tszyu senior had a 7-0 record in Newcastle between 1993 and 1998, with four knockouts.
Who is Dennis Hogan?
Dennis Hogan looks with a neutral expression
Dennis Hogan has a record of 28-3-1, with seven knockouts.(AAP: Darren Pateman)
Ask Tszyu, and he'll call Hogan a stepping stone on his path towards boxing immortality.
For most other people, though, Hogan is a genuine threat who should be calling himself a world champion.
In 2019, the Irish-Australian was cruelly robbed of a world title when fighting Mexican Jamie Munguía for the WBO super welterweight title in Monterrey, when the judges handed the home fighter a victory by majority decision.
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That was the first of two successive world title defeats, the other coming at middleweight against Jermell Charlo in December 2019, which was the last time Hogan stepped into the ring.
Despite those two losses implying that Hogan is just below the world standard, the Brisbane-based Australian undoubtedly poses the toughest test of Tszyu's fledgeling career.
Moreover, Hogan has not been afraid to talk up his chances against the man 10 years his junior.
"I've got more skills [than Tszyu]," Hogan said after the fight was confirmed.
"I've got more everything, and I fully believe I'm the better boxer."
After defeat against Charlo, Hogan split with trainer Glenn Rushden — of Jeff Horn fame — and linked up with Wayne McCullogh to help him move to the next level.
McCullough will not be present ringside on Wednesday night as he is stuck in the US.