Video: Jose Canseco Goes Down In Defeat Boxing Against Gary Hogan

by Max Farrell  on Friday, Jul. 9, 2010 10:45 pm  

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Boxing hype in Arkansas tends to center on Little Rock’s Jermain Taylor, but another Central Arkansas native, was in the spotlight Friday at Dickey-Stephens Park. Gary Hogan, the 60-year-old assistant athletic director at UALR, boxed infamous former major leaguer Jose Canseco — and won.

Dickey-Stephens Park quickly filled up prior to a game against the Midland Rockhounds with fans eager to see one of minor league baseball’s more noteworthy promotions. The boxing ring was placed behind home plate and many fans crowded around the foul ball net to catch a closer glimpse of the match, which was used to raise money for Ray Rodgers Gym in Little Rock.

After four, two-minute rounds, Hogan emerged victorious by the judges’ score of 39-37.

Hogan was ecstatic about his performance despite the blood dripping from his chin.

“I’ve tasted it before, out of the nose, out of the lips, I’ve had it all before,” Hogan said. “Yeah I took some shots, but the bottom line was I’m used to taking shots. You know I’m 60 years old, I don’t move and duck like I did 30 years ago, but I felt good in there.”

Hogan credited his training to Walt Woods and Johnny Woods, who got Hogan in prime shape to pull off the unexpected win. The Woods’ were yelling encouragement to Hogan throughout the match, intensely focused on keeping their fighter on his feet like it was a prizefight.

Canseco, who created controversy by admitting to steroid use and blowing the whistle on others' use of performance enhancing drugs, was nearly 40 pounds heavier than Hogan. Canseco, also 14 years younger, caught Hogan with a shot to the chin and broke blood early in the first round. Hogan bounced back, attacking Canseco frequently, despite the fact Canseco’s wingspan greatly edged out Hogan.

There was one shaky moment in the fourth round for Hogan, who took a hard hit from Canseco and lost his footing, stumbling into the ropes. He quickly regained his stature and was feisty in his pursuit of Canseco, aggressive until the final bell. 

“You gotta give the man a lot of credit,” Canseco said “He’s got some big balls, I’ve got a lot of respect for him.”

Canseco was mum on other topics, refusing to answer why he chose to fight in Arkansas.

Here is a video highlight of the bout, exclusively from



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