Dennis Hogan’s handlers claim their counterparts in the Tim Tszyu camp have inserted a rematch clause in their contract because they are “scared” they will lose, but believes it will never be triggered because “he won’t want to get knocked out twice”.
The Newcastle Entertainment Centre is expected to be a sellout by the time the Australian fighters get into the ring on Wednesday night for a card that also features compatriots Sakio Bika and Sam Soliman clashing for a third time.
The Tszyu camp insisted on a rematch clause in negotiations, a stipulation that prompted Hogan’s manager Danny Dimas to claim they were concerned about the outcome.
“They are a bit worried about this fight,” Dimas said. “Obviously they want Tim to win and if he wins, they don’t have to honour the rematch. But if they lose, we need to honour it. It’s one way, they are hedging their bets. They are uncertain.
“Think about it; Tim has won 17 in a row. For him, this is the next fight and move on. He didn’t have a rematch clause with anyone else, did he? It makes sense to keep moving forward and move on.”
Dumas expected that the clause would never be enacted.
“It wouldn’t make sense for [Tszyu] to get knocked out twice, that would look pretty bad.”
Asked if that was the expectation, he replied: “Yep. Seventh round, Dennis Hogan.”
Tszyu’s promoter, George Rose of No Limit Boxing, said rematch clauses were “standard procedure”.