GBA wishes Dogboe, Ashie well

Author: Bernard Neequaye
Isaac Dogboe (left) and Hidenori Otake after their official press conference

The Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA) has sent a goodwill message to  World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Super Bantamweight Champion, Isaac ''Royal Storm'' Dogboe,  as he makes his first title defence on  Saturday, August 25, at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona, United States of America (USA) against Hidenori Otake of Japan.

Dogboe, Ghana's youngest world champion, would be looking to maintain his unbeaten record on Saturday, especially after chalking an impressive victory against Jessie Magdeleno in April.

In a statement released by the GBA, Dogboe (19-0, 13 KOs), was urged to go all out and bring honour to the country once again.

The statement reads: ''GBA wishes WBO Super Bantamweight Champion Isaac Dogboe all the best in the maiden title defence of his title against the challenger Ridenori Otake of Japan.

“The GBA has been monitoring the champions level of preparation and training schedule in the build up to this title defence and has no doubt about the capabilities to deal with whatever opposition the challenger might offer," it read.

“The GBA is confident that Isaac Dogboe would successfully retain his title and continue his forward match towards chalking many laurels in the ring including the eventual unification of the Super Bantamweight titles in the WBC, WBA, WBO AND IBF sanctioning bodies," the statement continued.

However, the GBA in the statement further sent Ghanaian boxer, George Ashie, goodwill message as he also mounts the ring to bring honour to the nation.

“In related development the GBA wishes WBO Africa Lightweight Champion, George Ashie, well in his weekend challenge in Glasgow, Scotland against Stephen Ormond respectively.

“The GBA urges George Ashie to win big and earn the right to challenge for World Titles in their respective weight divisions, so as to restore Ghana place of pride among top boxing nations of the world," it said.