Former WBO junior-featherweight world champion – Isaac “Royal Storm” Dogboe kept his hopes of a featherweight title shot alive on Saturday, November 20 having produced a great performance against Christopher Díaz Vélez to win the North American Boxing Federation [NABF] featherweight crown at Michelob ULTRA Arena [Mandalay Bay] in Las Vegas.

After 10 entertaining rounds that saw both boxers giving their all in the ring two judges – Tim Cheatham and Dom Trella scored the bout [96-94] and [97-93] in favor of Isaac Dogboe. Eric Cheek, however, scored the bout 95-95.

The majority decision victory [95-95, 96-94 and 97-93] means Dogboe [23-2, 15KO’s] who nearly retired from the sport after back-to-back defeats to Emanuel Navarrete in December, 2018 and May, 2019 has won his last three fights on the bounce since returning to the ring.

Dogboe vs. Diaz - Judges scorecard
Dogboe vs. Diaz – Judges scorecard

Going into the fight, Isaac Dogboe revealed at the last press conference on Thursday about the impact his new trainer – Barry Hunter has brought on board and it was evident on fight night:

After fallen short on points in the rounds 2,3, and 4 the Royal Storm did not try to put on a knockout cap by all means, but boxed his way intelligently into the fight to win majority of the remaining rounds.

By James K. Attaglo Wilson