Dennis Hogan continues his American journey
Dennis Hogan has made a name for himself thus far in the United States. He hopes to continue that trend on Friday night.
Hogan will fight Kenny Abril at the Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel in Niagara Falls, NY. The 10-round bout will headline a Greg Cohen Promotions card and will be televised live on CBS Sports Network, beginning at 10 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. PT.
In his last bout on April 17, Hogan (21-0-1, 7 knockouts) won a hard-fought, 10-round unanimous decision over former fringe contender Tyrone Brunson in Hinckley, Minn.
Hogan made his United States debut in his previous fight on Nov. 13, winning by disqualification in the fourth round against Jose Miguel Rodriguez Berrio in Westbury, NY.
The 30-year-old Hogan resides in Newstead, Queensland, Australia, but was born in Kildare, Ireland.
Abril (14-7-1, 7 KOs) resides in nearby Rochester, which is about an hour-and-a-half drive from Niagara Falls.
A southpaw, Abril has not fought since Oct. 12, 2013, when he lost a one-sided, eight-round decision to unbeaten Brad Solomon. His last victory was an upset win over former fringe contender Dennis Laurente in Dec. of 2012.
In the co-feature, lightweight Tony Luis will fight Edward Valdez in an eight-round bout.
In his last bout on April 18, Luis lost a close, 12-round unanimous decision to Derry Matthews for an interim title. Prior to that bout on Jan. 30, Luis dominated Karl Dargan in route to a 10-round, unanimous decision.
Luis’s other notable bouts include losses to Jose Hernandez and Ivan Redkach.
In his last bout on March 21, Valdez stopped Sandro Adames in the first round in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic.
In non-televised action, middleweight Joe Greene and heavyweight Jarrell Miller will fight in separate six-round bouts.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV since Oct. of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (CA) Star newspaper, Boxingscene.com, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at[email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing