There was a stark contrast in the demeanours of the world number two and three at today’s weigh-in for the Dennis Hogan v Jimmy Kelly event in Brisbane. Australian-based Irishman Hogan made weight without fuss, and was calm and professional throughout. Manchester’s Kelly finally landed underneath the required weight after some late panic and a disagreement with officials over the positioning of the scales. The visitor stormed out of the room immediately afterwards, refusing the customary interview on stage.
It would be bold, and perhaps foolish, to suggest the differing antics of the two boxers will be reflected in their respective performances tomorrow night but it was clearly Hogan who appeared more at ease with the occasion today. With his wife and young daughter in attendance the former world title challenger vowed to produce further stylistic improvement in this bout and to finish the contest by stoppage. The winner of the bout moves into a likely mandatory position for the winner of next month's WBO Super Welterweight World Title bout between Sadam Ali and Liam Smith.
There was significant tension between the fighters taking part in the co-feature, with Damien Hooper and Renold Quinlan doing away with the respect we saw at Wednesday’s press conference. Quinlan promised “fireworks” while Hooper vowed to provide a convincing victory and a major statement.
The pressure does not appear to be getting to heavyweight debutant Joe Goodall who shunned any concern over nerves when he enters the ring for the first time as a professional. Goodall features on an undercard which also boasts the likes of Jai Opetaia, Tim Tszyu, Deanna Hobbs and Nathan Webber. The full card can be watched live and free globally via epicentre.tv tomorrow night from 6:45pm AEST. I’ll be calling the fights with Kali Meehan and Jeff Horn. Click this link for all the action.. http://www.epicentre.tv/events/hogan-v-kelly/