Isaac Dogboe steps into the ring to defend his WBO super bantamweight title on Saturday against Mexican Emanuel Navarrete as he aims at unifying the division before moving up weight next year.
Ellis Quashigah of Rising Star Africa, co-promoters of Dogboe, has disclosed that the WBO super bantamweight champion will be moving up weight to the featherweight division next year and could possibly fight as a super bantamweight one more time after Saturday’s title defence fight against Navarrete
Quashigah, who doubles as the legal advisor to Team Dogboe, said the champion was keen on making a second successful title defence against Navarrete — his third Mexican opponent this year — in order to focus on a possible unification bout with either WBC champion, Rey Vargas or WBA titlist, Daniel Roman.
Undefeated Dogboe (20-0, 14 KOs) will mount the ring at the Madison Square Gardens in New York to defend his title on a Top Rank Promotions bill which also features a world lightweight title unification fight between Vasyl Lomachenko and Jose Pedraza.
Quashigah expressed the hope of clinching a convincing victory over Navarrete for Dogboe on December 8 as they looked forward to making the division lively with unification bouts.
“It is going to be a convincing win for Dogboe against Navarrete. We are looking forward to unifying the division by April so he can move up in weight to challenge at featherweight.
“It is his wish to see the division being lively and this is why he keeps calling out all the champions for a possible unification bout,” he said.
Dogboe will be making his fourth appearance in the ring this year having had wins over Cesar Juarez in January, Jessie Magdaleno in April and Hidenori Otake on August 25.
The fight with Navarrete (25-1, 22 KOs) will be the 24-year-old’s final ring appearance this year and has predicted an emphatic victory going into 2019.
Navarrete, on the other hand, must work tirelessly in a bid to dethrone the hard-hitting Ghanaian and will approach the fight with the much-needed focus in his maiden world title bout.