Isaac Dogboe: Don’t Call It An Upset

Ghana is a nation rich in boxing history with numerous world-class champions and contenders most notably “The Professor” Azumah Nelson, but also the likes of Ike Quarter, Joshua Clottey and David “Poison” Kotey all came from the great fighting nation. The Country of about 28 million is currently giving the fighting world is the greatest crop of talent to date. The likes of Richard Commey, undefeated bantamweight prospect Duke Micah and now perhaps the best Ghanian fighter to come along in quite some time Issac Dogboe.


Dogboe is five foot two inches and 122 pounds of pure fury and firepower. A well built fairly muscular super bantamweight with a right hand that has the potential to be among one of the most feared hallmark punches in all of boxing. Dogboe picked up his level of competition in his last three fights and rose to the occasion going a perfect 3-0 with 3KO’s, including stoppages over Javier Chacon and a complete destruction over Caesar Juarez back in January. It was that victory that put him in position to challenge all-world, American, WBO Super Bantamweight champion Jessie Magdaleno. Magdaleno became one of the hottest young names in the smaller weight classes with his fight of the year type of victory over future Hall of Famer Nonito Donaire. fought just once in 2017 in a tune-up type of fight in the Stub Hub center against Adeilson Dos Santos, Magdaleno took him apart in less than two rounds. Magdaleno was viewed as a massive favorite. This should have never been the case. Dogboe has put together three consecutive knockouts against increasingly improving competition, better competition than Magdaleno has faced since the Donaire fight.


The fight got off to the start that most spectators expected, Magdaleno dropped the challenger in the first round while in a heated exchange. The early rounds were physical, grueling throughout.They were competitive but being controlled by the champ. In the fourth round something seemed to change while the action stayed heated, Dogboe started controlling the action, landing clean crisp combinations and the thudding right hand was catching Magdaleno’s attention everytime it scored. The challenger landed beautifully placed thudding body shots that effect could be seen on the champ’s face. The switch of momentum became clear early in the fifth when that golden right hand dropped Magdaleno early in the fifth. From that point on the Accra, native was in control of the slugfest. Battering the WBO champ in the 7th against the ropes. Again Dogboe had his foe in serious trouble in the 10th with a right hand along the ropes and followed up the phased champ with several more shots both upstairs and downstairs. Catching Magdaleno with beautifully placed combinations.

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The end of the fight came quickly thereafter. Magdaleno was clearly on shaky legs and Dogboe who predicted a knockout was on the verge of delivering. Pinning Magdaleno in the corner and dropping him twice more, causing referee Benjy Esteves to wave the fight off at 1:38 of the 11th round and crown Isaac “Brave Son” Dogboe the new WBO super bantamweight champion. Dogboe talked a lot of trash in the lead-up predicting he would knock Magdaleno out cold and make his son cry. He certainly let his fists back up his mouth. Putting himself on the radar of fight fans everywhere. and earning the respect of fight fans across the world as well as at home. The legendary Azumah Nelson said to Dogboe, “I watched with excitement and pride how you demonstrated bravery, determination, and resilience against an undefeated Champion Jessie Magdaleno in his country and more importantly not allowing judges to decide the outcome of the bout but letting your ferocious fists to decide,” Nelson went on to say “The real challenge starts from today as he has become the target of all boxers seeking this belt. Dogboe has to train harder than he did before this fight, continue to respect his team and honour the God who made him the Champion and I promise him he will do greater

Dogboe was a massive underdog before walking in the ring in Philadelphia this past weekend and was picked by a total of zero of the American boxing pundits and not given much of a chance of even competing with Magdaleno. A closer examination would have shown that this was going to be a brutal and competitive fight. That Dogboe the younger, stronger and hungrier fighter was going to be very competitive in at the very least. If you hadn’t heard of Dogboe its because your ears and eyes were closed. Dogboe scored a tremendous knockout over Juarez earlier this year and Chacon late last summer. Dogboe caught the attention of the boxing world and the Olympic viewing world when the Ghanaian fighter was robbed blindly in the 2012 summer games. In what was dubbed the “Mysterious Decision” in having the decision stolen from him in a fight with Japanese Satoshi Shimizu.  Shimizu, who was the benefactor of the totally bogus decision to go on a win a bronze medal in those games. Perhaps, learning a lesson in the Olympics Dogboe was determined to not let the judges rob him of this achievement. If we were to have a vote today a third of the way through the year, for who the fighter of the year is? It should be unanimous for Isaac Dogboe.  This really wasn’t an upset.

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