Former WBO world super bantamweight champion, Isaac "Royal Storm" Dogboe has called on the youth to draw inspiration from positive values of the 31st December Revolution such as hard work, selflessness, integrity and a sense of nationalism as they strive for success in life.
He said good governance, democracy, stability and peace which the nation now enjoys are a product of the 31st December Revolution and, therefore, Ghanaians and the youth, in particular, cannot afford to destroy the very foundations and values that has brought the nation this far.
Speaking at a ceremony held at the Mandela Park at Ashaiman on Monday to commemorate the 37th anniversary of the revolution, the boxer called on the youth to learn from the positives of the revolution in the building the fabrics of integrity if Ghana is to develop.
The boxer insisted that he was no political activist, but considered himself as a young patriot who believed in the just cause for liberating the country from the abyss of corruption and poverty.
“It is with that conviction I am here today as a young patriot of Ghana and Africa to echo and to add my voice to the just cause of building the fabrics of integrity for our dear country Ghana and the world,” Dogboe said.
He commended former President Jerry John Rawlings for his never-say-die attitude, bravery and invaluable service to the nation, stressing that the revolution he led helped to restore democracy, stability and peace to Ghana.
Sharing his perspectives from the angle of a professional boxer, he called on the youth to never underestimate their values, to always improve upon what keeps them floating at the top, and to make good use of time since every second in life mattered.
"As a professional fighter, I can confidently say I always encounter life and death but what keeps me alive is maintaining the vital disciplines, spirituality, my physical attributes and mental fortitude to fight on even at my weakest moments,” added the boxer who lost his WBO title to Mexican Emanuel Navarrete on December 8.
“I urge you all to uphold your principles; it is food to the soul, it gives life and hope to society.”
Dogboe said as a professional boxer he had fought to overcome many adversities and he would continue to fight on based on principles, values and best standards that would keep him on top of his game.
“I believe that achieving that goal and winning my competition means more than just doing the basis of life,” He said
On his recent defeat to Navarrete, the dethroned champion said his experience at Madison Square Garden had taught him that it paid to take heed of one's roots that propelled him or her to success.