Ghana's Isaac Dogboe retained his World Boxing Organisation (WBO) junior featherweight title with a first-round knockout of Japan’s Hidenori Otake at the Gila River Arena in Phoenix, Arizona, USA on Saturday night.
Dogboe, who won the title by beating Jesse Magdelano last April, dominated Otake, knocking him to the canvas twice before knocking him out after just two minutes and 18 seconds of work.
The champion, (20-0, 14 KOs), making the first defence of the title showed no mercy towards the aging Otake (31-3-3, 14 KOs) as he battered him until referee Patrick Morley was forced to intervene to stop the slaughter.
Otake, WBO's Number 6, looked like a drunken sailor after he was knocked down for the second time. Dogboe, 23, was hitting Otake with huge shots, shaking him to his boots with each shot. The official time of the stoppage was at 2:18.
Isaac Dogboe forced Hidenori Otake to visit the canvas twice before the knockout
Otake made the mistake of standing in front of the younger, stronger and faster Dogboe. That was the first mistake. The second mistake Otake made was trying to slug with him, and that wasn’t going to happen.
Dogboe teed off on Otake, knocking him down with a monstrous right hand to the head. Moments later, Dogboe hurt Otake with another big shot that caused him to put his glove down on the canvas to try and keep from going down. It didn’t matter.
The referee called it a knockdown anyway and gave him a count. The referee had to stop the contest seconds later because Dogboe had turned Otake into a human Pinada and he was teeing off on the hapless aging Japanese fighter.
It was a mistake for Hidenori Otake to have dared Dogboe
The guy didn’t belong inside the same ring with Dogboe, and that was clear the moment the contract was signed for the mismatch. It was bad to watch. Otake had been trounced by Scott Quigg by a one-sided 12 round unanimous decision four years ago in 2014.
Since that fight, Otake had been padding his record against C-level opposition in beating fighters with atrocious records of 0-2, 2-4, 0-1, 9-8, and 5-0.
For a highly ranked fighter like Otake to be facing fighters with records like that, it just looks bad like he was just padding his record.
Simply put, Otake never had a chance in this one, and that’s impressive, because he’s been a solid fighter for his career. Dogboe just ripped him, and stamped his place on the map of rising stars in the boxing world.
Dogboe called out fellow titleholders Rey Vargas and Danny Roman after the fight.