Dennis Hogan outpoints former world title challenger Jimmy Kelly over 12
Junior middleweight contender Dennis Hogan was victorious again Saturday, winning a 12-round unanimous decision over England’s Jimmy Kelly at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in his hometown of Brisbane, Australia.
The official scores were 119-109, 117-111 and 117-113.
Despite Kelly’s four-inch height advantage, Hogan (27-1, 7 knockouts) found his way inside and scored with two-and-three-punch combinations. The home fighter displayed good lateral movement, side-stepping Kelly’s offense before countering effectively to head and body.
Hogan’s only defeat was a 12-round unanimous decision loss to Jack Culcay in December 2015. The volume-punching Australian is currently ranked No. 2 by the WBO and No. 7 by the IBF. Kelly, who was ranked No. 3 by the WBO, falls to 23-2, 9 KOs.
Middleweight prospect Tim Tszyu battered Ruben Webster (8-1) of New Zealand until his corner threw in the towel. The official time of the stoppage was 2:15 of Round 5. Tszyu is the son of former undisputed junior welterweight champion Kostya Tszyu.
Light heavyweight Damien Hopper (14-1, 9 KOs) survived two knockdowns to stop Renold Quinlan (12-3, 8 KOs) at 1:19 of the ninth round.
Hard-hitting cruiserweight Jai Opetaia (15-0, 12 KOs) stopped Germany’s Lukas Paszkowsky (9-2, 3 KOs) at 2:35 of the second round.
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