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Dogboe grabs 3 more titles after outpointing Tabanao

BY: Bernard Neequaye
 Isaac Dogboe lands a right on the chin of Tabanao. Picture: SAMUEL TEI ADANO
Isaac Dogboe lands a right on the chin of Tabanao. Picture: SAMUEL TEI ADANO

Undefeated Ghanaian featherweight boxer, Isaac "Royal Storm" Dogboe, last Friday annexed all  three titles, WBO Africa featherweight , WBO Asia Pacific (OBPF) Oriental and the WBC World Youth  title after outpointing Filipino Neil John Tabanao in a unanimous 120-109, 117-113, 119-110 decision in their bout staged at the Police Officer's Social and Fitness Centre in Accra.

Dogboe, popularly known as "Royal Storm", had earlier promised fireworks ahead of the fight and did just that as he dominated almost all the rounds.

The event which attracted the likes of former President Jerry John Rawlings, Black Stars skipper Asamoah Gyan, among others, was promoted by the Aborigines Beach Resort Promotions in collaboration with Rising Stars Africa Promotions and sponsored by Engineers and Planners, Goil and Special Ice.

 Dogboe, now undefeated in 14 appearances in the ring, told the Daily Graphic that "Today was a sweet victory because I had great opponent in Tabanao. He fought like a warrior and was tireless in the entire 12 rounds".

Father and trainer of Dogboe, Paul Dogboe, said his son sustained an injury in round five but promised to fight through the pains.

The president of the Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA), Peter Zwennes, congratulated Dogboe on winning the titles and urged him to go for the World title.

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In the rest of the bouts, dubbed "Africa vs Asia," Obodai Sai, won a technical knockout over Burkinabe Iddrisa Kabore to win the WBO Africa super middleweight title belt, while Nathaniel Nukpey knocked out Enoch Lamptey in the fourth round.  Daniel Aduku defeated James Lamptey in their welterweight contest while George Bamson overpowered Emmanuel Martey in their light heavyweight bout.