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Dogboe poised for victory

BY: Bernard Neequaye
Neil John
Neil John

Ghana’s boxing legend, Azumah Nelson, has warned WBO Africa featherweight champion, Isaac Dogbe, not to underrate WBO Oriental (OPBF) featherweight holder, Neil John Tabanao, since the Ghanaian could go on to become a world champion after beating his opponent in their unification bout tonight at the Police Officer's Social and Fitness Centre in Accra.

Azumah, a three-time world champion in his heyday, described Tabanao as a tough boxer who would give Dogboe a good fight tonight.

Speaking at the weigh-in of the boxers at the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) premises yesterday, Azumah said, “I don’t want Dogboe to underrate Tabanao because he is a good boxer.”

“Dogboe could realise his dream of becoming a world champion if he is able to defeat the Filipino,” the legend added.

Dogboe, popularly known as “Royal Storm”, after making the weight of 124.7 pounds, promised Ghanaians of victory despite acknowledging his opponent as a warrior.

“A soldier never loses in his home, but I believe he is a warrior and will give me a good fight,” Dogboe noted.

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The 21-year-old, who is undefeated in 13 bouts, added:  “there will be someone going down but I promise it is not going to be me.”

The Filipino, who also weighed 124.7 pounds, urged Ghanaians to throng the venue to witness ‘war’.

The president of the Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA), Peter Zwennes, also cautioned Dogboe to be disciplined since boxers from the Philippines were always exceptional and tough.

On the same bill, dubbed “Africa vs Asia”, Obodai Sai will challenge Iddrisa Kabore of Burkina Faso for the WBO Africa super middleweight title, with Kalu Iddrisa fighting Briton Adam Taylor in an eight-round contest.

The bill, which will see three belts up for grabs, including unification bouts aside the vacant WBC World Youth Championship, is being staged by the Aborigines Beach Resort Promotions, in collaboration with Rising Stars Africa Promotions.