Manchester’s Jimmy Kelly Jr (23-1) will be making the maiden defence of his WBO Inter-Continental super-welterweight title and will be boxing outside of the UK for the first time as a professional on April 7th. Jimmy will travel to Brisbane, Australia and face WBO #4 ranked contender and former world title challenger Dennis Hogan (26-1-1), where Kelly’s title will be on the line. The clash sees ‘s number #5 & #4 ranked fighter within the WBO’s 154 rank face off with the winner likely to take a huge step closer to getting into a world title opportunity against current WBO titleholder Sadam Ali, who dethroned the previous title holder and now retired Miguel Cotto.
Both fighters are previous world title challengers (Kelly v Liam Smith, Hogan v Jack Culcay) with only two defeats shared by both fighters which came in their respective world title opportunities. Kelly will be the younger man in comparison to Hogan by seven years and is much the fresher of the pairing. The pair also has shared Irish roots and heritage which both fighters are immensely proud of and will certainly attract the large Irish community within the city of Brisbane.
The event on April 7th will be promoted by DDP Sports who handle Dennis Hogan and are headed up by Paul Keegan and the promotional company based in Brisbane, Queensland.
Hogan spoke via press release of his confidence in a victory against Jimmy Kelly.
“Kelly is coming to my city, my home and my supporters let’s just say for your first fight outside of the UK he will get a nice surprise from the Brisbane faithful, I am beating him for Irish pride and For Australian pride.”
Jimmy Kelly himself is in confident mood himself, saying he cannot see anything other than a dominant victory for himself.