Ghanaian budding boxer Isaac Dogboe has once again proven himself to be a fine fighter after beating Philippine boxer John Neil Tabanao in Friday night’s (26th August 2016) bout to become the new holder of the WBC Youth Featherweight Champion belt.
The bout held at the Police Officer’s Social & Fitness Center, Ghana, was brought to an end after a thrilling 12 rounds with the referee lifting Isaac Dogboe’s hand to declare him the winner.
It was a unanimous decision as the scores from all three judges were in the favor of the London-based Isaac Dogboe. The scores read 120-109, 117-113, and 119-110. The win makes it Dogboe’s 15th throughout his amateur career. His latest victory comes after he defeated Uganda’s Edward Kakembo in June this year. Isaac Dogboe’s current winning stats now stand at 15-0 with 9 KO’s
In an interview after the bout the Ghanaian stated God as his source of inspiration all through the bout as he injured his left arm just one round into the game. He also expressed his gratitude to his Ghanaian fans who came out to show their support.
He said; “I keep saying over and over again that God is my light and my salvation. He reassures me when I get into the ring; clearly when you pray to God and go on your knees he answers prayers,”
he continued….“Tabanao is a strong guy; after the first round, my left hand went off; anytime I lifted it, I could feel the pain. I thank Tabanao for coming to Ghana to fight [but this victory] indeed proves that this is the land of warriors.” He concluded; “I am excited, I thank everyone for the support. I am proud of myself, I said it before and I have been able to do it,”
Isaac Dogboe was born in Accra, Ghana on September 26, 1994. At the age of 17, Dogboe represented Ghana at the 2012 Summer Olympic games held in London where he faced Japan’s Satoshi Shimizu in the first round. The match ended controversially after his his lead on the first two rounds was blown by the judges’ questionable verdict in the third round which cost him the fight. The decision was heavily criticized by spectators and the mainstream media who described the outcome with such adjectives like “mystery decision” and “contentious”.