BRISBANE (15 October 2017) – Dennis “Hurricane” Hogan 26-1-1- (7 KOs) is all but guaranteed a world title shot after outgunning and outhustling Yuki Nonaka 31-9-3 (10 KOs) for the WBO number two ranking at junior middleweight over 10 one-sided rounds at the Convention & Entertainment Centre in Brisbane on Saturday night.
Hogan took control from the opening bell and didn’t allow Nonaka to establish himself at any stage of the bout. All three judges awarded the victory to Hogan by scores of 100-90, 100-90 and 99-91.
“I felt completely in control of the fight and I actually enjoyed it out there,” says Hogan. “I had him at my distance very early on and just felt like every punch I threw landed. I was also able to nullify his left hand, which is his best, and I knew and could see he was crafty and liked to try to intimidate me but I was just on form and decided to play him at his own game and beat him too."
It was a dominant performance from Hogan who impressed with fast and accurate combinations to the body and head of his taller opponent. The Japanese veteran was undefeated in eight years going in to the bout.
With the win Hogan has now staked his claim to a shot at the soon-to-be vacant WBO junior middleweight championship currently held by Miguel Cotto.