WBC world middleweight champion Jermall Charlo makes the 2nd defence of his title against transplanted Irishman Dennis Hogan (28-2-1, 7 Ko's) who makes his home in Newstead, Queensland, Australia nowadays. The fight will be held at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday 7th December and will be shown in the USA by Showtime.
Charlo won the Interim version of this title in April 2018 with a 2nd round knockout of Hugo Centeno Jr and defended it with a close 12 round unanimous decision over Russian Matvey Korobov. After Saul "Canelo" Alvarez was stripped of the title, Charlo was awarded full championship status which he defended with a shutout decision win over Brandon "The Canon" Adams in June.
With most of the world's top middleweight's plying their trade on rival streaming service DAZN, Charlo is left struggling to find suitable challengers for his title defences which promoter Premier Boxing Champions televise across Fox, Showtime, or FS1. Both Korobov and Adams were good quality contenders, but Charlo needs the marquee names to take his career to the next level. If he doesn't face middleweights such as Canelo, GGG, Demetrius Andrade, or Danny Jacobs, soon he will lose his relevancy. This is similar to the situation WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford finds himself in, where all the top 147lb champions other than him are with a rival promoter, in his case Premier Boxing Champions.
In Dennis Hogan, they have picked a contender from the 154lb super-welterweight division. Sure, Hogan has a hard-luck story which will help with promoting the fight, but this is where the desperate situation Charlo is in tells. This is still a big unbeaten middleweight against a smaller guy from a lower division.
Hogan is 34-years-old and is coming off a highly controversial 12 round majority decision loss to Mexico's Jaime Munguia for the WBO title in Monterrey, Mexico in April. It is tough enough taking on a 23-year-old unbeaten Mexican world titlist in Mexico, but, the judges did the Australian no favours with the scorecards. Munguia looked very lucky to keep hold of his belt.
So we know Hogan is a solid fighter that can take a heavy punch from a renowned knockout artist in Munguia, but how will he fare against a big middleweight like Charlo (29-0-0, 21 Ko's)?
Hogan showed us that he is rugged and strong. He took some huge shots from Munguia without looking badly hurt, so he is probably capable of lasting the distance with the 6ft tall Texan, but he cuts easily and Charlo's long raking jab will soften up the tissue around his eyes, making it unlikely he will see out the full 12 rounds
Prediction: Charlo to win by stoppage in the championship rounds (10, 11, 12).