Isaac "Royal Storm" Dogboe, Ghana's WBO super bantamweight champion has reiterated his desire to make it four consecutive knockout victory in his final bout of year when he mounts the ring to make his second title defence against Mexico's Emanuel Navarrete at the Madison Square Gardens on Saturday night.
The undefeated Dogboe (20-0, 14 KOs) believes he has the antidote to tame his opponent whom he described as “one of Mexico’s finest fighters” at the moment.
The two boxers came face to face on Thursday in New York at a press conference ahead of Saturday's bout, which is a co-feature on the Top Rank Promotions bill with the lightweight unification fight between Vasiliy Lomachenko and Jose Pedraza as the headline bout.
Speaking at the media, Dogboe said he recognised the challenger as a tough opponent who would come out fighting, but he had the antidote to tame the Mexican in the ring and make him his fourth knockout victim this year.
"This is going to be my final fight of the year and this is going to be the fourth knockout in four fights,” promised a confident Dogboe, whose responses were interrupted by his mantra “Neho”, which means “uproot” in his Ewe dialect -- a war cry that suggests a determination to uproot any opponent who crosses his path to greatness.
The 24-year-old Ghanaian has enjoyed an incredible year, dispatching warriors such as Cesar Juarez, Jessie Magdaleno and Hidenori Otake all through knockout victories, and he is convinced Navarrete will be his third Mexican victim this year despite his respect for the 23-year-old challenger who he believes will be out to make the best of his finest moment and his first time fighting in the USA.
“I cannot overlook Emanuel Navarrete because he’s a tough guy. He’s one of Mexico’s finest boxers, and he’s as tough as they come. We are anticipating him coming out to fight because this is his opportunity to be a world champion.
“However, we have sourced him out and we know what he’s going to bring to the table,” said Dogboe, who is eying a unification bout beyond tonight encounter.
“This is Madison Square Garden, this is the Big Apple where legends are made. This is a chance to become a great world champion in my division.
Isaac Dogboe has won all his fights this year by knockouts
Dogboe had been chasing a possible unification bout with either WBC super bantamweight champion, Rey Vargas or WBA titlist, Daniel Roman, and a convincing win tonight would move the Ghanaian closer to a title unification showdown early next year.
Navarrete (25-1, 22KOs) on the other hand, said he would give a good account of himself as he hope to dethrone Dogboe.
“It’s a great opportunity for me to become a world champion at the Madison Square Garden.
Maybe people don’t know me well but I have had a great career in my country, so I’m focused on taking the title back to Mexico,” said the challenger.
A win for Dogboe will enhance his fight record to 21 wins from as many bouts, while Navarrete stands a chance of becoming a world champion, as well as improving to 26 victories with just a defeat.
Dogboe is an extremely calm and patient fighter who is great at picking his spots with thunderous punches for his super bantamweight frame. The champion likes to work the body early and often, constantly dipping down and ripping the body, and his accuracy is such that he frequently can get around his opponent’s guard to land his shots.
Mexican Emanuel Navarette is reputed to be a power puncher
Navarrete is a very tall fighter for the division and uses his jab well to keep his opponents off him. He is ranked the No. 2 fighter in the division and will be fighting for the first time on American soil.
An orthodox fighter, the challenger can put together decent combinations but can be a little wild with his striking. This was on full display in the later rounds in his last fight against Jose Sanmartin and those wild exchanges did lead to him earning a knockout in the 12th round.
Sometimes, Navarrete leaves his jab out too long and doesn’t follow it up immediately with another punch, which leaves him susceptible to being countered, which could be an issue with the lightning-quick hands Dogboe possesses.