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Tim Tszyu vs Dennis Hogan set for March 31 in Australia

The Aussies will collide in a junior middleweight fight at the end of March.

Jeff Horn v Tim Tszyu Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Official social media pages for Tim Tszyu and Dennis Hogan both confirm that a deal is in place and the date is set for the two fighters to square off on Mar. 31 in Australia, with further details to be announced.

The 26-year-old Tszyu (17-0, 13 KO) is working his way into contention at 154 pounds, following a one-sided drubbing of former welterweight titlist Jeff Horn last August, and wrapping up his year with a first round thrashing of Bowyn Morgan on Dec. 16. He was hoping to get into a WBO title fight, but Patrick Teixeira is set to make his mandatory defense against Brian Castano on Feb. 13, so Tszyu is staying busy and taking on a solid opponent for the time being.

Hogan (28-3-1, 7 KO) is still best-known for a controversial decision loss to Jaime Munguia in Apr. 2019 in Monterrey, Mexico, a fight that easily could have gone Hogan’s way on the cards, but didn’t. Less-discussed is his follow-up bout in Dec. 2019, when he was dominated by Jermall Charlo in a move up to middleweight.

Hogan, 35, can certainly be a tricky opponent, but his effective trickiness seems largely to depend on the other fighter being extremely basic, which Munguia can be. His other loss was a decision against Jack Culcay in 2015, which was a deserved Culcay win for sure. Tszyu has shown sincere dedication and potential, and likely will not be as relatively simple a task as Munguia can be with his one-speed, flat-footed approach.

That’s not to say Hogan isn’t a solid opponent for Tszyu at this stage, because he is, and if Tszyu starts getting ahead of himself, or doesn’t have a good camp, or just has an off-night, Hogan is the type of guy who can turn into a pain.

No word on potential U.S. outlet for this one yet. ESPN+ did air Horn-Tszyu but not Tszyu-Morgan, and a Hogan fight is sort of in the middle between those two, I’d say. DAZN could certainly have interest with their global expansion and all.

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