Dennis Hogan’s manager Danny Dimas is looking to stir the pot in whatever way he can ahead of his fighter’s Main Event showdown with Tim Tszyu on Wednesday night.
Speaking ahead of the super welterweight bout in Newcastle, Dimas suggested the Tszyu camp was “scared” of losing, citing a rematch clause in the contracts.
“Bit annoyed with the other crew,” Dimas said at Monday’s press conference.
“We were out back just looking at contracts, and they’re obviously a bit scared of Tim losing, because even in the contract they’ve asked for a rematch.
“Like, who would you ask for a rematch unless you think you’re going to lose?”
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Dimas told foxsports.com.au the Tszyu camp was “hedging their bets”, even though the concept of a rematch clause is relatively common at this level of boxing.
Notably in Australia, Jeff Horn triggered his rematch clause with Michael Zerafa in 2019 after falling in their first go-around, stopping Zerafa from fighting for a world title, and avenging the defeat later in the year. Heavyweight world champion, Anthony Joshua, also had a rematch clause when he fought Andy Ruiz Jr. the first time, allowing him to win back his belts immediately.
Dimas revealed that a Hogan win would mean a rematch “within six months” if the Tszyu camp wanted it.
“But why would you put that in, right in the beginning?” Dimas asked. “Unless there’s a lot of uncertainty.”
Tszyu said he “couldn’t care less” about the contractual stuff, while his manager Glen Jennings made clear that a rematch is not at all in the plans.
“To be honest, I think it’s driven from our promoters rather than from us,” Jennings told foxsports.com.au.
“It’s of no concern to us. As with Kostya, we always said we had no real interest in rematches.
“Tim will take care of business the first time.”