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The newest chapter in the career of Australia’s hottest boxer, Tim Tszyu, is about to be written

Tszyu (17: 0) takes on the experienced Irishman Dennis Hogan (28: 3: 1) from Brisbane at the Newcastle Entertainment Center, who was billed as the Steel City Showdown

Tim’s father Kostya fought seven times during his career in Newcastle, where he twice successfully defended his IBF super lightweight title against Roger Mayweather and Jan Piet Bergman

However, to most other people, Hogan is a real threat who should call itself a world champion

In 2019, the Irish-Australian man was cruelly robbed of a world title in the fight against the Mexican Jamie Munguía for the WBO welterweight title in Monterrey when the judges presented the home fighter with a majority decision

This was the first of two consecutive defeats, the other in December 2019 in the middleweight division to Jermell Charlo This was the last time Hogan stepped into the ring

Despite these two losses, which suggest that Hogan is just below world standards, the Brisbane-based Australian is without a doubt the toughest test of Tszyu’s young career

Also, Hogan wasn’t afraid to take his chances against the 10 years younger man

After losing to Charlo, Hogan split from trainer Glenn Rushden – Jeff Horn – and linked up with Wayne McCullogh to help him reach the next level

Tszyu’s global WBO super welterweight title is up for grabs, but that’s just a gem compared to the actual price on offer

After Tszyu buckled Bowyn Morgan on just before Christmas, Tszyu seemed prepared to take Patrick Teixeira as number one on his WBO belt

In February, the Argentine Castaño destroyed his Brazilian rival to take over the belt and field the IBF, WBC and WBA champion Charlo in an unification battle

That could put Tszyu’s title prospects in the background for the time being, but a win over a world number opponent in Hogan will mean that the noise for a world championship title shot will certainly get louder

Both fighters are apparently excited, although Liverpool’s Smith will face 21-0 Russian Magomed Kurbanov in May

For Hogan, putting Tszyu “back in his box” would immediately put the Irishman back in the position to fight for a belt he rightly believes he should have won two years ago

“But when you get in the ring, it’s my ring, my world, and I won’t let anyone out

“Why should you ask about this if you didn’t think you were going to lose?” Hogan’s manager Danny Dimas said

“Tim is the son of a legend He’s had some big wins lately, I’ve lost two so I won’t be the favorite On paper, it is what it is

If you are not in Newcastle you will have to spend some cash to see this on TV

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