Ghana’s Isaac Dogbe will have a chance at redemption later tonight when he faces Mexico’s Emmanuel Navarrete for the second time in a bid to win back the WBO Super Bantamweight title he lost back in December 2018.
The last time the two boxers met, it was Navarrete who came out on top winning the fight by unanimous decision where the judges on the night scored the bout 116-112, 116-112, 115-113 at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden.
The defender, Emmanuel Navarrete has a record of 27 fights, 26 wins, and a single loss. His knockout win also fares at 22 and is expected to present a different kind of opposition to the Ghanaian.
Isaac Dogbe who is this time around challenging for the title boasts of a record of 21 fights, with 20 wins and 1 loss. His impressive 14 knockout wins surely give him some confidence going into the bout and he will be looking up to his stars to write a different script from what happened last time the two met.
Following the painful loss that shocked Ghana, team Dogbe admitted that they underrated the Mexican and did not prepare very well for the bout. Four months down the line, however, Isaac Dogbe is full of confidence and has vowed to win back his title.
“Navarrete couldn’t knock me out when I was at my worst, and now I am 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. 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 would 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. I don't see this as a distance fight. I came for the knockout and to regain my title in spectacular fashion”, Isaac Dogboe said in a recent interview.
Meanwhile, the defender is also optimistic of beating Dogbe for the second time and has even shared that his objective for the rematch is to knock-out his opponent to show is superiority.
“The first fight was very good. This must be the same. It will be a hard fight like the first fight. The difference is that now I am the champion, I am going into the ring with more trust and I know that I can box better”.
“I know he wants to win but I also want to win. I’m going to demonstrate all my improvements around the ring. I want to be a champion for a long time. In the first fight, I missed many blows wanting the knockout. I had some rounds in which I was not very certain, they were errors that will not repeat themselves. I feel very strong, fast and motivated to win. I am the champion and I will control the fight, my objective is the same, the knockout”, Navarrete said.
The crucial bout comes off today at midnight at the Tucson Arena, Arizona, US.