Opinion | May 10 2019

Isaac Dogboe is taking a gamble

'This is about redemption for me,' Isaac Dogboe explains
Isaac Dogboe
DOGBOE_PORTRAIT  |  Mikey Williams/Top Rank

ISAAC DOGBOE is taking a gamble. He lost his world title last time out, losing a punishing contest and the WBO super-bantamweight crown to Mexico’s Emanuel Navarrete.

The defeat upended all the momentum Dogboe had built up in a sequence of impressive wins on ESPN. Now he is going straight back into a rematch to reclaim his world title. It is a risk to immediately box Navarrete again. The Ghanaian star has only had one training camp to improve and to right the errors of their first encounter. That is a tough job and the stakes are high. If he takes a second consecutive loss, his career isn’t only stalled, his momentum is thrown into reverse.

But Dogboe thinks it was more a disrupted training camp before that hampered him last time out. “Navarrete couldn’t knock me out when I was at my worst, and now am I at my best. I am a much more fit boxer this time around, and it is my mission to become world champion once again. The ‘Royal Storm’ is back,” he declared. “I have fought in Arizona before [first-round KO over Hidenori Otake in Glendale], and the fans there are tremendous. I know a lot of Mexican fans will be in attendance to see Navarrete, but I am coming for my title. He’s a nice guy and a great champion, but this is about redemption for me. I am ready to go to war.


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