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Sports News of Monday, 27 August 2018

Source: citinewsroom.com

Keep Adoboli, we like our Dogboe – Ghanaians react to boxer being called ‘Brit’

Some Ghanaians have taken to social media to make fun of a section of the Britsh press that hailed Isaac Dogboe as British ahead his successful WBO Super Bantamweight title defense on Sunday morning.

Isaac Dogboe made light work of his Japanese opponent Hidenori Otake finishing off the veteran after just a minute and 30 seconds into the first round.

It was the first time Japan’s Otake had been stopped in 37 professional fights and a third defeat in all.

The 23-year-old, with this victory, became the youngest Ghanaian to successfully retain his crown.

That was the 14th knockout of Dogboe’s career and it took his unbeaten record to 20 bouts.

Prior to the fight, an article in the Mirror noted Dogboe as “the British world champion you’ve never heard of”.

Though Dogboe moved to Britain when he was seven, he competed for Ghana at the London Olympics in 2012 under the flag of Ghana.

This meant the sudden “claiming” of Dogboe took some by surprise.

This article has gained traction on social media with some Ghanaians noting certain double standards that have been observed in sports reportage over the years.



Athletes with mixed heritage, like Anthony Joshua; who is of Nigerian descent, and even Scottish Tennis star, Andy Murray have been hailed as British when on the ascendancy, but have had their nationalities or decent singled out at the least bit of controversy or underperformance.

But like Dogboe’s bout against Otake, some Ghanaians made light work of the assertions with jokes and satire.

Some made reference to former UBS trader Kweku Adoboli, who was deported to Ghana, despite not having lived here since he was four years.