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Sports News of Thursday, 23 August 2018

Source: Graphic.com.gh

Dogboe, Otake ready for war in world title fight

Isaac Dogboe, Ghana's World Boxing Organisation (WBO) World super bantamweight champion, has vowed to take challenger, Hidenori Otake, out when he makes his maiden defence at the Gila River Arena at Glendale, Arizona on Saturday, August 25.

Dogboe, an undefeated pugilist, described Otake as a strong fighter with a great record whose capabilities shouldn't be underestimated in Saturday's slugfest.

Speaking at a media workout at the Michael Carbajal's 9th Street Gym, Dogboe (19-0, 13 KOs) noted that he was humbled to have added his name onto the rich history of Ghanaian world champions.

He revealed that being a world champion was a great feeling and added that Team Dogboe have been able to revive and change the perspective of the sport in Ghana with his heroics over the past years.

“I give praise to the man upstairs, God of creation. We thank him for everything that has happened to Team Dogboe. Being a world champion is great.The whole nation came out to meet me at the airport. It was amazing.

“I am very humbled. Boxing in Ghana isn’t as regarded as it is over here. We’ve been able to revive boxing over there. They are loving it. We are changing the perspective of the sport. It is great," he said.

"Otake is very strong, physically strong. He has a great record. You can’t underestimate Otake. We’re not underestimating him at all. He’s someone we have our eyes on, and we’re making sure, come Saturday, we are going to take him out," he added.

Dogboe will return to the ring for the first time in four months to defend his title since earning a deserved 11th round technical knockout victory over Jessie Magdaleno in Pennsylvania on April 28.

He comes up against a veteran fighter in Otake (31-2-3, 14 KOs), who is on a nine winning streak since losing his first world title shot to Scot Quigg in the United Kingdom in 2014.

Otake will be making his second bow at a world title against Dogboe and has promised to use his opponent's pressure and power against him in the ring.

The Japanese said he was looking forward to walking in the shoes of his countrymen who come to America and excel by taking Dogboe to the cleaners on the fight night.

“He is a good pressure fighter and a strong fighter. I’m going to use his pressure and his power against him.

"Japanese boxers have been fighting very well recently, and I am looking to do the same. It’s great for Japanese boxing when we come to America and do very well," he noted.