Hurricane ready to weather the storm
IT HAS nothing to do with the so-called 'Luck of the Irish' for Dennis Hogan to be where he is today.
The man they call "Hurricane" in the fight game has earned his shot at the Australian middleweight title in Brisbane on November 7 through talent - and he has got a fistful of that.
The former Irish international amateur representative and All-Ireland light-heavyweight amateur champion has proved that since he joined the professional ranks after moving to Brisbane in 2011.
Hogan, 28, is still unbeaten, winning 14 of his 15 bouts, including his past 12, while the other ended in a draw.
His latest triumph was winning the vacant Boxing Union of Ireland Celtic Nations light middleweight title with a unanimous points decision over compatriot Gavin Prunty at the Irish Club in Brisbane.
Now he is aiming to add a first Australian title belt to his already impressive collection, one that includes the Queensland super middleweight and middleweight crowns.
And to become the sixth Irishman, and the first since Dean Byrne in 2007, to do so, Hogan will have to beat Queensland-based New South Welshman, Nathan "King" Carroll, again.
Hogan inflicted Carroll's only defeat in his 12-bout professional career after he put him on the canvas in the seventh round of their Queensland middleweight showdown last year.
Now Hogan is ready to let him taste the leather again.
"There is plenty of talk doing the rounds that he is out for revenge, so I say bring it on," he said.
"His camp are saying he's a lot better nowadays than he was back then, but so am I - there is always room for improvement and rectifying things.
"I have no problem with them saying what they want, but you have to back it up in the ring - talk counts for nothing then.
"I cannot wait for this bout - I want this belt."
While life in the ring is grand for Hogan, so it appears is the new lifestyle for the fighter from County
"I just love it here," said Hogan, who trains under Steve Deller at Brisbane's Fortitude Boxing Gym.
"Especially when it comes to getting up before dawn to go for a run.
"When I was back home, it used to be a huge fight, pardon the pun, to get out of bed because it was so cold and wet for about four months of the year - at times it was also dangerous because of ice on the streets and you would be slipping everywhere.
"I have no problem getting out of bed here - it's too hot to sleep in," he said with a laugh.