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Boxing News of Tuesday, 16 October 2018


I don't heap praises on Isaac Dogboe - Paul Dogboe

Isaac Dogboe has set his sights on unifying the Super Bantamweight division play videoIsaac Dogboe has set his sights on unifying the Super Bantamweight division

Paul Dogboe, the father and trainer of WBO Super Bantamweight Champion, Isaac Dogboe has told his son (Isaac) to remain grounded and keep his eye on the prize as he attempts to defend his WBO title once again in December.

Paul Dogboe, who has been the cornerstone of his son’s career says he constantly reminds his son not to get carried away by the minor success he has achieved as the yardstick, adding that with the right attitude his son could reign for many years just like the legendary Azumah Nelson did during his hay days.

Speaking at the Kempinski Gold Coast Hotel to announce the next fight date for Isaac Dogboe, Paul said, “I don’t really praise him (Isaac) a lot. I give him credit when necessary but I don’t want him to get carried away that is why sometimes I tell him, son, you are not there yet. Azumah Nelson reigned for 11 years and you are just getting started. You have to work hard until you are a champion of about 6 weight divisions and then you know that yes you have arrived. I believe that is the right attitude I have to adopt to encourage the young man.”

Isaac “Royal Storm” Dogboe is set to climax what can be described as a successful 2018 with a fight on December 8. The 23-year-old boxer hopes to make another successful defence of his title when he storms the Maddison Square Gardens in New York on December 8 to take on a yet-to-be-announced boxer.

The fight which is expected to be on the Vasyl Lomachenko-Jose Pedraza December 8 card would be the Ghanaian's return for the first time in four months since destroying Japan’s Hidenori Otake in the first round on August 25 in Glendale, Arizona. Dogboe has had an excellent year, knocking out Cesar Juarez in January 2018 to win the WBO interim super bantamweight title at the Bukom Boxing Arena before going on to snatch the world title with an emphatic eleventh round victory over Jessie Magdaleno in April in Philadephia.

Speaking during a press conference held at the Kempinski Hotel in Accra, Dogboe who appeared tightlipped on his opponent on the said date, said that he is fully prepared for the bout and assured his fans and Ghanaians another remarkable victory. “December 8 is going to be a great day. A day of two warriors coming into the ring to show off their strength, hard work and everything. Someone wants a title and another person wants to make history to unify the title. So it’s gonna be a great day of fighting”, He added; “The Big Apple, once you get there then you know that you have made it. But we don’t see it as the last stop, we see it as the beginning. Mike (referring to his match-maker) throw me to the wolves and I will come leading the pack, you throw me to the big apple and I will come with many apples in the basket. So this is the first of many of apples I will be putting in my basket, that’s my next opponent, Dogboe.

However a report by the state-owned Graphic newspaper on Thursday, October 11 revealed that Mexican fighter Emmanuel Naverrete will be Dogboe’s opposition on 8th December. Per the reports Dogboe’s camp have struck an agreement with Naverrete’s team for a bout that will be Dogboe’s first ever match in New York and at the historic Maddison Square Gardens.

Neverette has an outstanding record of 25-1, 22 KOs and has won his last eight bouts through knockouts. Dogboe on the other hand boast of an undefeated record of 20-0, 14 KO and is on a five-winning knockout streak which includes wins over Julian Evaristo Aristule, Javier Nicolas Chacon and Hidenori Otake.