Tim Tszyu v Dennis Hogan: Start time, how to watch, live stream, fight card
There's a sponsorship stand-off brewing, and it could threaten to derail Tim Tszyu's clash with Dennis Hogan.
Hogan wants to have his betting sponsor, PointsBet, represented on his fight shorts but Tszyu's camp, No Limit Boxing, isn't having a bar as it directly clashes with their partner Sportsbet.
It all came to a head at Monday's press conference when Hogan was told by No Limit's Matt Rose to remove a PointsBet T-shirt. And the Irishman was still fuming about it at Tuesday's weigh-in.
"I don't care," he told reporters. "I'm not coming out unless I've got my sponsors on there.
"That's the deal that was done. Everybody is able to wear their sponsors – this is unacceptable.
"I'll be wearing them, or I won't be there. Let me know tonight, so I can go home tomorrow."
Both camps appear to be standing firm on their positions, With Rose asserting the issue had already been decided in the initial contracts.
"We've got the contract that says that Sportsbet is our betting partner, and that's who we'll stick with for the event … anything that's not Sportsbet won't be accepted."
But Hogan's manager Danny Dimas, isn't budging, telling Fox Sports: "We're going to wear the shorts one way or another."
"They want to do anything about it, take us to court, but that's what we're walking out in.
"There's not much money in boxing, especially in Australia. Every dollar counts. He's got a family that he needs to look after."
The Tim Tszyu v Dennis Hogan fight is set to start at 7pm Sydney and Melbourne time on Wednesday, March 31.
That means a 6pm Brisbane start, 6.30pm Adelaide time, 4pm Perth time, and 5.30pm Darwin time.
Tszyu and Hogan will fight at Newcastle's Entertainment Centre.
Tim Tszyu v Dennis Hogan will be broadcast on Main Event, available on Foxtel and Kayo on Wednesday 31 March at 7pm AEDT.
Odds via Sportsbet at time of publish)
Tim Tszyu $1.11
Dennis Hogan $5.90
Tale of the tape
Tim Tszyu has promised a spectacular knockout of opponent Dennis Hogan when the pair fight in Newcastle on Wednesday night.
The fighters weighed in on Tuesday, making the super-welterweight bout official
Hogan (28-3-1, 7 KOs) weighed in at 69.4kg, then Tszyu (17-0, 13 KOs) tipped the scales at 69.3kg.
Tszyu destroyed Bowyn Morgan by first-round knockout in his last fight, during December last year. He had hoped to fight for a world title in his next bout but it biding his time due to the complicated machinations of boxing.
Tszyu is the WBO's No.1 contender and world rated with every other sanctioning body in boxing. Yet WBO champion Brian Castano is currently chasing a unification bout with IBF-WBA-WBC champion Jermell Charlo.
Hogan, 36, is a former world title challenger, an Irishman now based in Queensland. Tszyu, 26, is the son of boxing icon Kostya Tszyu and has steadily built his own stardom in the sport.
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The latest chapter in the career of Australia's hottest boxing prospect, Tim Tszyu, is about to be written.
Tszyu (17-0) is taking on experienced Brisbane-based Irishman, 36-year-old Dennis Hogan (28-3-1) at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre in what has been billed as the Steel City Showdown.
The Newcastle Entertainment Centre should be used to hosting Tszyu fights.
Tim's dad Kostya fought in Newcastle seven times during his storied career, successfully defending his IBF super lightweight title there twice against Roger Mayweather and Jan Piet Bergman.
Tszyu senior had a 7-0 record in Newcastle between 1993 and 1998, with four knockouts.
Ask Tszyu, and he'll call Hogan a stepping stone on his path towards boxing immortality.
For most other people, though, Hogan is a genuine threat who should be calling himself a world champion.
In 2019, the Irish-Australian was cruelly robbed of a world title when fighting Mexican Jamie Munguía for the WBO super welterweight title in Monterrey, when the judges handed the home fighter a victory by majority decision.
That was the first of two successive world title defeats, the other coming at middleweight against Jermell Charlo in December 2019, which was the last time Hogan stepped into the ring.
Despite those two losses implying that Hogan is just below the world standard, the Brisbane-based Australian undoubtedly poses the toughest test of Tszyu's fledgeling career.
Moreover, Hogan has not been afraid to talk up his chances against the man 10 years his junior.
"I've got more skills [than Tszyu]," Hogan said after the fight was confirmed.
"I've got more everything, and I fully believe I'm the better boxer."
After defeat against Charlo, Hogan split with trainer Glenn Rushden — of Jeff Horn fame — and linked up with Wayne McCullogh to help him move to the next level.
McCullough will not be present ringside on Wednesday night as he is stuck in the US.
Tszyu's WBO global super welterweight title is up for grabs, but that's only a trinket compared to the real prize on offer.
That would be a shot at the WBO champion, Brian Castaño.
After belting Bowyn Morgan just before Christmas, Tszyu looked primed to take on Patrick Teixeira as number one contender to his WBO belt.
However, in February, Argentine Castaño annihilated his Brazilian rival to take ownership of the belt and line up IBF, WBC and WBA champion Charlo in a unification fight.
That might put Tszyu's title prospects on the back burner for now, but a victory over a world-ranked opponent in Hogan will mean the clamour will surely grow even louder for a world title shot.
Failing that, a fight against former world champion Liam Smith appears to be on the cards.
Both fighters are apparently keen, although Liverpool's Smith is booked to take on the 21-0 Russian Magomed Kurbanov in May.
For Hogan though, putting Tszyu "back in his box" would instantly put the Irishman back into a position to challenge for a belt that he justifiably thinks he should have won two years ago.
Inarguably, this fight has the potential to be career defining for both men.