Kildare boxer Dennis Hogan will return to the ring on April 7 for his eagerly anticipated world title eliminator, and it was revealed earlier this week that the bout will be free to stream across the world.
The Kilcullen native, who currently resides in Australia and has been boxing out of Brisbane for seven years, will take on Manchester boxer Jimmy Kelly for a shot at the WBO world title in the Light Middleweight division.
Hogan has enjoyed a stellar career down under, winning 26 of 28 fights and only suffering one defeat along the way, which was a loss to German Jack Culcay in a world title bout in 2016.
He pits his wits against Kelly, who has family connections in Carlow and Kilkenny, at the Brisbane Convention Centre for a shot at taking on either Liam Smith or Sadam Ali for the world title.
33-year-old Hogan is currently ranked fourth in the division across the world, and his latest victory of Japanese boxer Yuki Nonaka propelled him into this title eliminator.
His promoter, Paul Keegan, explained the decision to stream the fight live to Irish-boxing.com earlier this week.
“We want to make this the most fan friendly boxing event we can which is why we have decided to stream it for free,” Keegan said.
“We are paying for a full TV production so for fans tuning in you will think it is a full TV experience.
“Another part of it is we want Irish fight fans to tune in to see who many believe to be the next Irish world champion, unless of course if TJ [Doheny] wins it first.
“The hardest thing for Irish fighters not in Ireland or the UK is building a profile back home. By doing this we want people who have never seen Dennis fight to tune in and see what all the hype is about.
“If you have an internet connection then you have access to this event whether that be on your phone, on your iPad, on your computer, or on your smart TV.
“I know some pubs at home are putting it on the big screens so it should be great fun to be in Ireland for this fight.”
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