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Dennis Hogan-‘Jimmy’ Kilrain Kelly headlines show in Brisbane, Australia

Dennis Hogan. Photo by Darren England
06
Apr

Junior middleweight contender Dennis Hogan could be closing in on a world title fight later this year, but he has business to take care of first.

Hogan will take on ‘Jimmy’ Kilrain Kelly in a 12-round bout on Saturday at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane, Australia.

The 33-year-old Hogan (26-1-1, 7 knockouts), who resides in the Brisbane suburb of Newstead, claimed a one-sided decision over Japan’s Yuki Nonaka in his last bout on Oct. 14.

The popular Australian has won four bouts in a row since a close decision loss to Jack Culcay and is ranked No. 2 by the WBO and No. 7 by the IBF.



Kelly (23-1, 9 KOs) stopped Bulgaria’s Stiliyan Kostov on Sept. 23 in his hometown of Manchester, England. The only blemish on his record is a seventh-round knockout loss to then-WBO junior middleweight titleholder Liam Smith in December 2015.

Tim Tszyu (7-0, 5 KOs), son of former undisputed junior welterweight champion Kostya Tszyu, will square off against Ruben Webster (8-0) in a six-round middleweight bout.

Light heavyweight Damien Hooper (13-1, 8 KOs) faces Renold Quinlan (12-2, 8 KOs) over 10 rounds.

Hard-hitting Jai Opetaia (14-0, 11 KOs) will face Germany’s Lukas Paszkowsky (9-1, 3 KOs) in a 10-round cruiserweight bout.

 

Francisco A. Salazar can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @FSalazarBoxing

 

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