Watch how Isaac Dogboe lost his WBC featherweight title final eliminator to Nick Ball (VIDEO)
In a compelling showdown for the WBC featherweight title eliminator on the "Magnificent 7" Card in Manchester on November 18, former world champion Isaac Dogboe faced a significant setback against undefeated British featherweight Nick Ball.
The 26-year-old Ball, now boasting a record of 19-0(11), secured the most significant victory of his career by decisively defeating the former WBO super-bantamweight champion Dogboe. The judges' scores of 118-109, 119-108, and 116-111 underscored Ball's dominance in the bout. The Manchester crowd witnessed a captivating and at times dramatic clash, with Dogboe, displaying his toughness and experience, actively participating in the enthralling fight, concluding with a record of 24 wins, 4 losses, and 15 knockouts.
Ball, a strong contender for the most exciting lower-weight fighter in British boxing, showcased his exceptional skills throughout the match. Known for his high punch output, impressive engine, and aggressive approach, Ball demonstrated resilience, notably in the second round when Dogboe delivered a stiff left hand that tested Ball's chin. The third round saw a controversial moment when Ball seemed to go down from a Dogboe right hand, but the referee ruled it a no-knockdown. In the fourth, Ball was credited with a knockdown, sparking debate as it appeared he had merely pushed Dogboe down.
Despite these moments, the superb fight remained undeterred by officiating concerns, with both fighters engaging in an intense battle until the final bell. Ball's remarkable stamina and consistent punch output were noteworthy, and Dogboe, despite signs of fatigue in the later rounds, continued to test Ball with hard shots to the body.
In the end, Ball's exceptional performance earned him the victory, and he now looks ahead to a shot at the WBC world title. The Liverpool warrior's thrilling style and ability to both deliver and withstand punishment make him a compelling contender in the featherweight division. Although Dogboe experienced a significant loss, he displayed resilience, hinting that there is still more in the tank for the former champion. The bout was a testament to Ball's skill and the overall excitement he brings to the ring, leaving fans eagerly anticipating his future matchups.