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‘Tagoe v Dogboe impossible’ - Joseph Agbeko

Author: Kweku Zurek
‘Tagoe v Dogboe impossible’ - Joseph Agbeko

It may be a bout most Ghanaian boxing fans would like to witness as a result of a growing media hype and the clout of both boxers. However, former world champion Joseph "King Kong" Agbeko insists that the prospect of WBO Interim Super Bantamweight champion, Isaac Dogbe, entering into the ring to fight IBO Lightweight champion Emmanuel Tagoe, will remain a fantasy because of the weight difference between the boxers.

 

According to Agbeko, who held the IBF title twice between 2007 and 2011, and the IBO bantamweight title in 2013, the camps of both boxers will face a huge stumbling block during negotiations to decide which weight division the bout will take place in.

Although Paul Dogboe, the father and trainer of Isaac had agreed in principle to accept a challenge thrown by Tagoe’s camp for a possible showdown in July at the super featherweight (130 pounds) class, Agbeko told the Graphic Sports he suspected negotiations would break down when they discuss the terms before signing the contract.

He said: "I don't know why everyone is talking about this fight. I don't even know why the fighters themselves are making comments on it because a fight like that cannot happen.”

Joseph Agbeko

Agbeko explains that with Dogbe weighing at 122 pounds and Tagoe weighing at 135 pounds, whoever is able to negotiate for a weight division closer to their natural weight class will have an unfair advantage.

"A fight like that cannot happen because the weight differences are too wide and everybody wants to get his advantage, the other person will also want his advantage and there won't be any way they can have a proper agreement for the fight".

Meanwhile, Agbeko (33 wins, 5 losses, 0 draws) who has seen most of his attempts to relaunch his boxing career fall apart at the last moment, has also promised that he will return to the ring before the end of the first quarter of 2018.

"I have been in the gym working and training. I will be fighting this year in the first quarter. There is a lot of work being done but we want everything to be completed before we can make an announcement," Agbeko disclosed.