Ma, who hasn't fought since July 2015, is a former IBF Pan Pacific and WBO Oriental Light Middleweight champion but was stripped of the WBO title due to inactivity. Sadly that inactivity curtailed what was a promising rise through the ranks that has seen him win his last 13 bouts, with wins in China, Singapore, Fuji, Australia and Thailand and develop a small but notable following. Although he suffered an early career set back, losing to Tomas Vysokai in May 2010 there was little doubting his ability to improve, which he did so to climb into the fringes of the world rankings, but again inactivity was a curse.
As for Hogan, the Kildare born Queensland based fighter was unbeaten until last December, when he was beaten in a WBA interim title fight against Jack Culcay. That loss ended a 23 fight unbeaten run from Hogan, though he has bounced back and won Ma's old WBO title, which he will be defending for the first time here. Although based in Australia Hogan has fought 5 of his last 6 bouts on the road, with 4 taking place in the US and one, the loss to Culcay, taking place in Germany.
The bout will take place at the Eatons Hill Hotel in Brisbane and looks like a really interesting match up on paper.