Dogboe pleads for Father to stay

Reigning World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Super bantamweight champion, Isaac ‘Royal Storm ’Dogboe has appealed to his father and trainer, Paul Dogboe to rescind his decision to hand him over to another trainer after guiding him to become the youngest world champion in Ghana.

Paul Dogboe guided his son into worldwide prominence but is reportedly on the brink of vacating his position as the lead corner man for Team Dobgoe who masterminded the knockdown of Mexican Jessie Magdaleno in the 11th round against a hostile crowd in Philadelphia last Sunday.

This decision by the ex-military man was revealed by his son Isaac Dogboe in an interview with journalists after impressively knocking out Mexican who had earlier promised to end the boxing career of the Ghanaian.

“I came into the fight and had to warm up into the fight. As the rounds were going up, I got much stronger. I kept on breaking the sweat and as it got to the middle rounds, I knew I was ready. All I can say is a big thank you to God. Right now my father says he wants to retire and hand me over to someone else. I hope he doesn’t but I want to say thank you to my team and all my supporters, an excited Dogboe remarked.

Isaac Dogboe on Sunday became Ghana’s youngest ever boxing champion after knocking out Jessie Magdaleno in Philadelphia, making him the new WBO Super Bantamweight/junior featherweight titleholder.

The remarkable feat by the 23-year-old boxer has earned him plaudits from President Akufo-Addo, former President Jerry John Rawlings, legendary boxer Azumah Nelson and a host of key personalities in the country.

The President posted on his official Facebook page: “Congratulations to Isaac Dogboe on his victory over Jessie Magdaleno, and, in so doing, becoming WBO Junior Featherweight/Super Bantamweight Champion, and Ghana’s youngest-ever boxing world champion. We are proud of him, and I am confident that he is destined for greatness!!

Former World Champion and boxing hall of fame inductee, Azumah Nelson also lauded Dogboe for achieving the historic feat.

“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,” a visibly happy Azumah Nelson said.

He added that “the real challenge starts from today as he has become the target of all boxers seeking this belt”.

 

Today Sports
…with Gottlieb Baako (gottlieb.baako@todaygh.com)

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