How many of us can honestly say, hand on heart that they saw this one coming? I couldn’t, especially taking into account the dominating performances from Jessie Magdaleno in his two fights prior, this is by no means a knock on Isaac Dogboe, I just wasn’t sure if he could bridge the gap of a step up in competition, but bridge the gap he most certainly did.
The contest started the way I had initially envisaged, Magdaleno dropping Dogdoe in the first but what occurred later didn’t follow the script, The Ghanian rose like a wounded animal, exacting revenge in the form of an unrelenting assault as he dropped the now former world champion in the fifth before another twice in the eleventh to take the decision away from the judges.
The win was that bit sweeter as he became the youngest world champion in his countries history, following in the footsteps of Ike Quartey, Joshua Clottey and of course the great Azumah Nelson.
Congratulations have poured in from all corners of the globe, with plaudit aplenty, Azumah Nelson leading the way, sending his congratulations, “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,”
“That has always been my philosophy which I have shared with you, that is, going into the ring with your own judges and referee.”
“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 things,” added Nelson.
The Super Bantamweight division is simmering nicely with the inclusion of Dogbe in the upper tier, with matchups on the horizon of Luis Nery, Rey Vargas and of course our good friend Daniel Roman we can expect more fireworks in the years to follow.
Dogboe took pole position this week in our #FOTW ahead of Daniel Jacobs who was dragged through a hellacious fight with Maciej Sulecki whilst Jarrel ‘Big Baby’ Miller put his name into the hat for a shot at Anthony Joshua with a decision victory over Johann Duhaupas.
The Barclays Centre in Brooklyn was a treasure trove of talent, highlighted by Katie Taylor who in her first year as a professional, already unified, picking up the IBF title with a tougher than expected duel with Victoria Noelia Bustos.
Personally, I love to watch amateur stars make the transition to professional prospect, from afar I have always been impressed with Kazark, Daniyar Yeleussinov knowing that one day he would become a solid world champion, that opinion hasn’t faltered after seeing him take his debut with maturity, taking apart the formerly unbeaten Noah Kidd in just three rounds.
All in All a good weekend of pugilism as we count down the next couple of days to the rematch of Tony Bellew and David Haye and the anti-climatic bout of Gennady Golovkin Vs. Vanes Martirosyan, If only Canelo could have stayed away from those Mexican Cows, this weekend could have been so much more exciting.
Nevermind, let’s see if David Haye’s body holds up this time, will his ankle give in or perhaps his shoulder we won’t have long to find out.
Until next week, Thanks for reading.