Kid Shamrock To Get IBO Title Shot As Dennis Hogan Features On Major Night For Irish Boxing
According to independent news outlet International Boxing News, Dennis Hogan (31-4-1, 7 KOs) will defend his IBO super welterweight championship against Liverpool’s James Metcalf (24-2, 15 KOs) on the historic Katie Taylor vs Amanda Serrano rematch undercard, scheduled to take place on May 20 in Dublin, Ireland live on DAZN.
‘Kid Shamrock’ JJ Metcalf is the WBA’s #3 ranked contender at 154 after his upset win over Spanish star Kerman Lejjaraga when they met in Bilbao last May. Metcalf signed with Matchroom quickly after and made the first defence of his WBA Continental strap against Courtney Pennington last December.
Hogan, an Irishmen based in Australia, also fights in his come country for the first time. ‘Hurricane’ picked up the IBO title in his last contest against Britain’s Sam Eggington last October and immediately spoke about being on the Taylor Serrano 2 undercard to Australian media.
Hogan-Metcalf is just one of multiple major bouts expected to land on the Taylor Serrano 2 undercard with spots already reserved for Lightweight sensation Gary Cully and Belfast’s Caoimhín Agyarko.
Matchroom officially announced Taylor’s homecoming alongside a blockbuster rematch with fellow undisputed champion Serrano on Saturday night. Although Croke Park is still in the running, the clash is expected to land at the 9,000-capacity 3Arena.
Taylor (22-0, 6 KOs) edged Serrano (43-2-1, 30 KOs) via a split decision in their first encounter last April in front of a sell-out at Madison Square Garden, New York. The fight was an instant classic with many believing there was little competition for the fight of the year after the spectacle they witnessed on April 30, 2022.
Now they do it again, this time Irelands’s most decorated athlete is back at home and it will be the hottest ticket in town. The biggest fight in women’s boxing history lands on May 20 and all the eyes of the world will be on the sport of boxing in Dublin, Ireland.