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By James K. Attaglo Wilson| info@sports24ghana.com

Reigning WBO Super Bantamweight Champion – Isaac ‘The Royal Storm’ Dogboe will be seeking to culminate a very successful year in a colourful fashion as he makes his second title defense against Mexican pugilist Emanuel Navarrete at the Madison Square Garden on Saturday, December 08.

The year 2018 could go down in history as the most successful year for the African warrior [Isaac Dogboe], having won three titles on the road via knockouts and also vying for the prestigious Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year gong.

The Royal Storm began his 2018 campaign on January 05 with a fifth round technical knockout [TKO] victory over Cesar Juarez at the Bukom Boxing Arena – The ‘Mecca’ of boxing in Ghana to win the interim WBO world title.

Isaac Dogboe [24yrs] went on to set the world ablaze on April 28 when he came from a first round knockdown to stop Jessie Magdaleno in round 11 to win the WBO junior featherweight title at the former Temple of Apollo in Philadelphia, PA.

The young Ghanaian boxing superstar – Isaac Dogboe made a return to the State on August 25 where he successfully defended his crown against the Kamikaze Warrior [Hidenori Otake] at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona.

The fight between Isaac Dogboe and Hidenori Otake, a contender for the knockout of the year award lasted for just 2:18 seconds as the experience Japanese could not stand the ferocious jabs of the young Ghanaian champ who sent him on the canvas thrice in a single round.

Quick to note here, however, is how the humongous crowd at the Gila River Arena could not stop shouting NeHo! NeHo!! NeHo!!!, all in admiration to the farash of Isaac Dogboe.

Few weeks after his sweet victory over Hidenori Otake, the skillful and intelligent Ghanaian boxer said in order to bring the best out of him, Bob Arum’s Top Rank Promotions must put him against the best in the trade.

Top Rank Promotions quickly responded with a bang and announced Isaac Dogboe to take a bite out of the Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Jose Pedraza WBA/WBO lightweight unification bout at the Hulu Theater.

In the build-up to the big fight against Navarrete, The Royal Storm said he’s ready to roll at the Madison Square Garden where fighters were made:

Isaac 'The Royal Storm' Dogboe
Isaac ‘The Royal Storm’ Dogboe
“Madison Square Garden is a legendary place. It’s a place where many fighters were made. Lomachenko and Pedraza are great fighters and being featured on a show with other great fighters is an honor.

“We are ready to roll. And to my fans, trust me; the ‘Royal Storm’ is coming to entertain!”

Isaac Dogboe [20-0-0, 14KO’s] said at the last press briefing to fight night that he and his team couldn’t have asked for a better year than this and recounted his moment in the year under review:

“We couldn’t have asked for a better 2018. Before entering into 2018, my uncle said to me, ‘All you have to do is dance into 2018. Be happy.’ And that’s exactly what we did.

“We started by knocking out Cesar Juarez, another fine Mexican fighter. And we moved on to Jessie Magdaleno, another tough world champion. He’s one of the best in my division. And after that, we defended it against Hidenori Otake, one of Japan’s toughest fighters. It’s been a blessing.

“Three knockouts out of three fights and this will be four knockouts out of four fights in 2018. It’s always been a blessing.”

The Royal Storm went on to acknowledge how tough his opponent could be in the ring:

“Emanuel Navarrete is also one of Mexico’s finest fighters, as tough as they come. He reminds me of Israel Vazquez and Juan Manuel Marquez.

“These are great, great legendary fighters. When he talks about the fighting spirit of the Mexicans, you know he’s going to come and fight,” he adds.

The challenger Emanuel Navarrete [25-1, 22KO’s] also thanked Top Rank Promotions and Isaac Dogboe for the opportunity offered him and said he’s ready to wrestle the title from the African warrior:

“I am very grateful for the opportunity to fight a great super bantamweight champion like Isaac Dogboe. What better way to become a world champion than to do it on a stage like Madison Square Garden.”

“Maybe people don’t know me, but I’ve had a great career in my country and I’m focused on taking advantage of this opportunity and bringing the title home to Mexico.”

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