Nick Ball (left) comes face to face with Isaac Dogboe at the pre-fight press conference on Wednesday
Nick Ball (left) comes face to face with Isaac Dogboe at the pre-fight press conference on Wednesday

Isaac Dogboe to rely on experience against Ball in world title eliminator

Ghanaian boxer Isaac ‘Royal Storm’ Dogboe says he will rely on his rich experience to defeat his opponent Nick Ball in tomorrow’s World Boxing Council (WBC) featherweight world title eliminator.


Dogboe will fight on British soil for the first time since he became a world champion as he clashes with undefeated Nick Ball (18-0, 11KOs) at the Arena in Manchester, England.

The 29-year-old Dogboe has a wealth of experience with fights against Emanuel Navarrete and Robeisy Ramirez. He is seeking to bounce back after a defeat to Cuban Southpaw Ramirez for the vacant WBO 126-pound belt in April.

The Ghanaian said he did not know about his opponent until he was billed to fight him in the top liner of the seven-bout series themed: The Magnificent. 

“If it wasn’t for this fight, I wouldn’t have heard of Nick Ball. When the name came up that was when it was put across to me by Top Rank and I had to go look him up. But listen, he’s done well and credit to him and his team” said Dogboe.

Talking tough

The former WBO super bantamweight champion said at a pre-fight press conference that he was a tried-and-tested boxer who had fought  tougher opponents and would ride on his rich experience to take care of his opponent.

“If you look at my pedigree, you know that I come as the whole package.  I’ve fought people who have the pressure, who do everything else by the book and outside of the box.

This is  where I need to keep calm and as the fight unfolds make adjustments along the way,” Dogboe said as he eyes another world title shot.

Dogboe has mixed at a much higher level than Ball, claiming the scalps of then-undefeated Jessie Magdaleno and former world title challengers Joet Gonzalez, Christopher Diaz and Chris Avalos.

Dogboe went through a rebuilding phase after his last fight against Navarrete, a TKO12 loss in April 2019.

After more than a year off to rejuvenate, he returned as a featherweight to knockout Avalos in eight in July 2020.

This fight was followed by a 10-round majority decision over Adam ‘Blunose’ Lopez in June 2021, another majority decision over Diaz in November last year and a split decision over Gonzalez in June last year.

In his last fight against the skillful Ramirez seven months ago, Dogboe was simply outclassed by the better boxer. He was dropped in the final round to lose by scores of 110-117, 108-119 and 109-118.

It was the third loss of his career leaving him with a record of 4-3 in his past seven fights, but Ball is taking a leap in competition from his previous opposition.

He assured fans of a good show on Saturday and was focused on defeating Ball, whom he said had done incredibly well thus far. --GNA

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