By James K. Attaglo Wilson & Frederick Marfo
The image of two young boxing superstars will be on the chopping board on Saturday, April 28, 2018 as Jessie Magdaleno defends his WBO super-bantamweight title against Isaac ‘The Royal Storm’ Dogboe at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The much anticipated bout between two talented and undefeated fighters competing against each other at the 122 pound weight category will go a long way to defining who is indeed the best fighter in the super-bantamweight division.
But if care is not taken Jessie Magdaleno could see his enviable rising to the ceiling been halted by the young, intelligent Ghanaian boxer [Isaac Dogboe] who has sworn thunder and light to eat his opponent [Magdaleno] before the 12th round.
The two boxers possess contrasting boxing skills.
For instance, Jessie Magdaleno [25-0, 18 KOs] uses his reach very well in the ring to his advantage apart from being a great puncher and counter puncher.
Isaac Dogboe [18-0, 12 KOs] on the other hand has an excellent punching power with a great sense of body combinations and also very calculative in the ring.
Though only 23 years of age, Isaac Dogboe’s right hand punch is synonymous to that of a heavyweight boxer and only few boxers can withstand it without visiting the canvas.
In terms of movement in the ring, Jessie Magdaleno is simply above the moon, but whether he’ll be able to stand the ferocious left hooks of Isaac Dogboe is a question that only the ‘gods’ of Philly can answer on Fight Night.
Like the normal Philly bragging rights that precedes a Big Five basketball match in Philadelphia, there has been lots of talk showdown from the two camps especially from the camp of Isaac Dogboe ahead of the fight:
“Jesse Magdaleno, I’m coming for you baby! I am coming for you,” The Royal Storm said right after recording a fifth round knockout victory over Cesar Juarez at the Bukom Boxing Arena in Accra on January 06.
“I’m mentally ready. I’m physically ready,” Magdaleno said. “Being here with [trainer] Manny Robles keeps me ready. The sparring has been great, but I get impatient sometimes and just want to get in the ring for real. I have to stay calm and wait until the fight comes,” Magdaleno said after his training camp in Guadalajara, Mexico.
“Jessie Magdaleno, the warrior of Africa [Isaac ‘The Royal Storm’ Dogboe] is here to get you!” Dogboe warned in a video.
“It’s been a long training camp, and I’ve been training with some excellent fighters,” Magdaleno said. “I was with [WBO featherweight champion] Oscar Valdez in Mexico, and now, it’s the home stretch. We’re more than ready to get back in the ring,” Magdaleno talked of his readiness ahead of the bout.
“When you hear the row, then you hear the sound of war – Isaac Royal storm Dogboe fired a shot in another video daring Magdaleno.
“I’m ready to give him what he deserves,” Magdaleno replied Dogboe.
“When I knock you out cold, that’s when I’m going to feel really sorry for you son, your little son because he’s going to be crying seeing his father [knocked out] cold,” Isaac Dogboe tells Jessie Magdaleno.
“We are ready to eat Magdaleno like a chicken. Our only mission is to devour him, eat the crazy chicken,” Paul Dogboe – father and trainer of Isaac Dogboe revealed their vision ahead of the upcoming Philly Fight Night.
Meanwhile, Manuel Robles of The Rock Gym who is believed to have improved the speed, combinations, and the footwork of Jessie Magdaleno sees the challenger from Ghana [Isaac Dogboe] as a tough candidate for the Top Rank Jr. featherweight rising star.
“Dogboe is a real tough opponent. Jessie definitely has to be ready for this, and it should be a fan-friendly fight,” Robles said.
All the above variables point to the fact that the #MagdalenoDogboe fight is a potential candidate for Fight of the Year.
So, Jessie Magdaleno could not be wrong after all, to have said that someone’s ‘0’ has to go on Saturday as the two undefeated champions face off at the former Temple of Apollo in Philadelphia, PA.
“I have a great undefeated opponent in front of me. Someone’s ‘0’ has got to go,” Magdaleno said.
Yes, Magdaleno is absolutely right, but only time will tell whose 0 drops on Fight Night.
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