Dogboe took a brave decision to fight Juarez - Dogboe’s trainer

BY: Bernard Neequaye
Paul Dogboe (right) and Isaac Dogboe planning to beat Caeseu Juarez
Paul Dogboe (right) and Isaac Dogboe planning to beat Caeseu Juarez

Paul Dogboe, father and trainer of undefeated super bantamweight boxer, Isaac Dogboe, has described his son's decision to challenge Mexican Caesar Juarez for the Interim WBO world title on January 6 as a brave one.

Paul noted that it was in the interest of his camp to fight the best if Isaac was to remain the best in his division, hence the interest in taking the opportunity while others chickened out.

Juarez was supposed to challenge champion Jessie Magdaleno this month but his opponent dropped out of the fight with a medical report indicating that he would be unavailable to fight until March or April next year.

The fight, dubbed: “Battle of the Gold Coast", is scheduled for January 6 at the Bukom Boxing Arena on the Rising Star Africa Promotions bill.

In an interview with the Graphic Sports, Paul described Isaac's chances of winning the title as bright since his boxer performs better in the ring against tougher opponents.

"Our decision to accept this fight was a brave one because others were avoiding it. But we realised that in order to become the best you need to beat the best available boxers so we decided to go for it," he explained.

"Isaac's chances are bright because he usually fights better against tougher opponents and we are ready to prove a point to the world on the night," Paul assured Grahic Sports.

The decision to take a huge gamble against Juarez (20-5-0) came about after the next available contender, Marlon Tapales, refused to take the chance due to issues with his trainer.

Meanwhile, Paul revealed that the winner between his son (17-0-0) and Juarez could square off with Magdaleno, should he return from injury next March or April.

He, however, said the WBO super bantamweight title would be given to the winner should he refuse to fight the winner of the Isaac-Juarez fight or move up to a different weight class.