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Sports Features of Monday, 11 November 2019


Feature: Why I don’t endorse Dogboe – Wasiru fight (1)

I woke up last week Monday to news circulating about a possible Isaac Dogboe – Wasiru Mohammed fight which has caught my attention because of the circumstances that led to the call for the bout to happen.

The call by Paul Dogboe, father of Isaac Dogboe, which he posted a video on Facebook clamouring for the bout between his son and the WBO Global Super Bantamweight holder, surprised me because he was the same person that avoided several calls by Team Wasiru at a time when they were fighting for world championships.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not against setting up great fights locally, but I believe every fight must have a basis and in this case,I strongly suspect it is more financial, which I think must not be the focus of Dogboe at the moment, especially when his career is at a crossroad.

In the said video on Facebook, Paul stated emphatically that Team Dogboe would only consider fighting Wasiru should the bout make financial sense to them.

The senior Dogboe’s comments in my opinion, were borne out of sheer desperation for money rather than considering how his son would climb back to the top after those miserable consecutive defeats at the hands of Mexico’s Emanuel Navarrete.

I was expecting Paul to be focusing on how to revive the dwindling fortunes of his son’s career and not concentrating on using Dogboe as a cash cow to enrich himself at this challenging time.

Just as the saying goes, “A good name is better than riches”, financial gains in boxing should always be important considering the dangers accompanied with the sport but in the same contest, a boxer stands a chance of making huge sums of money when he attains success in the sport.

For example, Dogboe earned US$100,000 from his last fight with Naverrete because of the name he has attained for himself and I expect the entire team to work on restoring that image rather than focusing on money now.

This, I think, should be the focus and direction of Dogboe at the moment after those two painful defeats to Navarrete. He must fight his way back to the top as that will be financially rewarding in the end. There are a number of examples to draw from.

Business Sense

Paul Dogboe need not be and show such level of desperation to make money from the his son who is trying to rebuild his career.

Indeed, if it’s about money, the fighter is tied to a promotional contract with giants Top Rank Promotions and could beneficial fights due to the clout of his promotional outfit rather than agreeing to a fight that would see him overlook his decision to move up to featherweight by competing at the super bantamweight.

The likes of heavyweight kings, Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury as well as other greats in the sport such as Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, Vasyl Lomachenko, Terrence Crawford and Errol Spence Jnr are all making huge pay days from boxing because they fought to achieve greatness before concentrating on the monetary aspect.

To Paul and the entire Team Dogboe, my little advice is that a possible bout against Wasiru is something the latter’s Camp needs to showcase themselves to the world and they have nothing to lose at the end of the day.

To be continued