Brisbane-based Irish fighter Dennis Hogan says the success of Irish boxers at the London Olympics has inspired him to greater things.
The Kildare-man is currently ranked fourth in Australia and has his eye on the Aussie title.
“We have a challenge in for the Australasian title. The fight hasn’t materialised yet but we’re hoping that could go well,” he said.
“I’m only at it a year. Rankings will matter when we get the Australian title shot and we go looking for a world title. Because a better ranking means a higher ranked guy will then fight you.”
Hogan, who is 11 fights into his professional boxing career in Australia, left behind his job as a carpenter in Ireland to come to Australia to pursue his dream.
“This is my job 100 per cent, this is everything. I dropped everything at home to come over here and this is what I wanted to do.”
He is certainly is enjoying his move to the professional ring, a style that he feels suits him better than amateur competition.
“I have a great chin, an unbelievable chin. You could hit me with anything and it doesn’t phase me,” he told us.
Hogan and his manager Paul Keegan are working hard to line up an opponent for the Ireland versus Australia event at the Queensland Irish Club.
It will be the second such event. The first was held in Sydney in June and there are plans for a third in Melbourne.
In his most-recent fights, Hogan beat the Indonesian champion Aswin Cabuy and the Filipino, Arnel Tinampay.
It comes as no surprise that he was glued to the travails of the Irish boxers during the Olympic Games.
“I stayed up late to watch it. Katie Taylor was absolutely brilliant and I was delighted for her that she got to win the gold. John Joe Nevin was boxing superbly. The same with Paddy Barnes,” he said.
“Paddy Barnes stood out for me as well because he was fighting the world number one or Olympic world champion and he didn’t get a point the last time he fought him at the Beijing Olympics, but he got him to 15-15 and lost it on countback.”
For details on Hogan’s Brisbane fight night, see here.