Dennis Hogan can finally call himself a world titleholder after springing an upset over Sam Eggington to claim the IBO super welterweight title.

The bout was the main event of the Super Saturday of boxing at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre and it lived up to the billing, as Hogan and Eggington went the full 12 rounds in a scrappy battle.

It was a hard-fought and extremely close fight but Hogan didn’t give an inch and just got the edge on the judges’ scorecards (116-12 x 2, 114-114).

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The Irish-born fighter has called Brisbane home for many years now and is an Australian citizen, meaning Aussie boxing fans can lay claim to having another world boxing champion after Jai Opetaia won the IBF cruiserweight title earlier this year.

“I’m an Aussie and I’m Irish man,” Hogan said.

“My daughters are Aussie. I absolutely love Australia. It’s given me this opportunity. It’s paved the way for me.

“I was only meant to be for a year, fell in love with the place, loved the people, the people accepted me and it’s made be a better person and given me the tools for a good life. So Aussie all the way.”

It was the sweetest of victories for the 37-year-old who can finally call himself a world champion after contesting four world title fights across several divisions.

Hogan suffered a controversial loss to Jaime Mungaia and felt like it was “destiny” to win a world title at long last.

“I truly felt like I did win a world championship fight before but I didn’t have a strap to go with it,” he said.

“When I heard 114-114 I thought, ‘Oh Jesus here we go again’ but I still had the belief that I got it.

“The boys in the corner were saying I needed the last two rounds and I f***ing gave it everything I got.

“I’m sitting here now with the belt and I’m over the moon. I can’t explain it.”

“It’s like destiny. It was like it had to be. It’s weird. I just felt like at that point it had to be. I knew in my heart I’d won it.

“It’s funny because no one jumped around like I did win it so it was like, ‘F*** hold on a second’.”

There was drama just an hour before the fight when some age old boxing glove controversy reared its head.

Hogan’s camp was furious after boxing officials remarkably allowed Eggington to wear his second pair of gloves.

It’s understood he wanted to wear Hogan’s green gloves to they match his green shorts.

“To be honest this is bulls***,” Hogan’s furious trainer Stephen Edwards told Main Event.

“We had a whole process in front of the commission, the supervisors, the referee of selecting the gloves for this fight.

“This is why you do it the day before so you’re not doing this sort of stuff on the night of the fight and have the public going, ‘Why the hell wasn’t this sorted out the day before?’

“We’ll get to the bottom of this but it’s highly unusual and you’d at least like to be consulted before a decision’s made behind your back.”

Crisis was averted and Hogan and Eggington emerged to contest their bout, with both fighters appearing to be wearing Hogan’s dark green Everlast gloves in the ring.

The veteran will no doubt enjoy this breakthrough win before looking towards a title defence in his native Ireland as his next challenge.

Earlier on Saturday night, Nikita Tszyu claimed the fourth win of his professional career with a dominant stoppage win over Darkon Dryden.

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