Uganda’s featherweight fighter, Edward Kakembo has said he was beaten by Ghana’s Isaac Dogboe because he was fed with very peppery Ghanaian dish!
Isaac Dogboe thoroughly beat Uganda’s Edward Kakembo to retain his WBO African Featherweight title in a six-round knockout at the Accra Sports Stadium Saturday.
Prior to the bout tagged the ‘Battle of the Rising Stars’, Kakembo had promised to chain Dogboe – who he openly called a dog – which made the match up a very interesting one to look forward to.
At the end of the contest however, the Ugandan champion blamed food for his knockout.
It was a nice fight but as you know, since I came I’ve not been eating well. The food is full of pepper! So I’ve not eaten. I don’t know, [because] I don’t eat pepper!
According to expectations, the two boxers where heated up for the contest from the first round. Kakembo in the early stages showed his aggressiveness despite the free flow of punches thrown at him from the quick hands of the Ghanaian boxer, who copiously employed various combinations with his left and right as well as hooks.
Dogboe was the crowd favorite as he was heavily tipped to win the fight and in the first round he sent Kakemdo to the canvas with a body shot, the visitor rose and finished the round.
The Ghanaian boxer showed his determination with some blistering speed combined with technique and skill on Kakembo’s head on which he occasionally got through which made him develop a cut on his face.
Uganda’s Kakembo was as fierce as ever, withstanding the Dogboe jabs. The Ghanaian tried a few uppercuts without success; Kakembo on various occasions complained to the referee that Dogboe was hitting the back of his head. The complaints were ignored.
The Ghanaian dominated the Ugandan in round two and three and the champion powerful left jab staggered Kakembo as he visited the canvas for the second time.
In six, Dogboe kept the pressure on Kakembo who holds the Africa Boxing Union (ABU) featherweight belt as he finished him off. Dogboe was in cruise control as he executed a knockdown in the sixth round which saw Kakembo in a daze. And he could not go on.
After the fight, the 21-year old Ghanaian, aka ‘the Royal Storm’ took to Facebook to thank his fans. He wrote:
Thank you to everyone for their support, those who made it and those who weren’t able to. Great Atmosphere, Great Energy n Great people.
The fight attracted important personalities such as ex-President Jerry John Rawlings and his wife Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings, sports minister Nii Lante Vanderpuije, Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA) President, Peter Zwennes, former world champion Azumah Nelson and former GBA President Samir Kaptan.
Dogboe and Kakembo had made several high-profile stops to meet many dignitaries (as well as media engagements) in the days preceding the game, and so the great turnout was no surprise.
After the win, Dogboe improved to (14-0, 9 KO’s) while Kakembo dropped to (11-1, 3 KO’s). This is Isaac Dogboe’s second defense of the belt he first won last December.