By James K. Attaglo Wilson
December 08, 2018 will continue to remain a never to be forgotten day for former world champion – Isaac Zion Dogboe.
The young, but talented Ghanaian professional boxer had a sterling year, enjoying back-to-back victories over the likes of Ceser Juarez, Jessie Magdaleno, and Hidenori Otake.
In fact, The Royal Storm [Isaac Dogboe] was a strong contender for the Ring Magazine Boxer of the Year Award, but his dream of writing his name in gold came crushing at the Hulu Theater, New York on December 8, 2018 as he surrendered his much cherished WBO junior featherweight title to then little known Mexican boxing artist – Emanuel Navarette.
At the end of a one sided fight, the judges scored the bout [116-112] 2x for Navarette and the third had it 115-113 also in favour of the Mexican.
According to CompuBox punch statistics, Navarette landed 221 of 804 punches [28 percent] and Dogboe connected with 176 of 686 [26 percent].
Isaac Dogboe who represented Ghana at the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games congratulated Navarette and requested for a rematch which EL Vaquero [Navarette] accepted in good faith.
The rematch took place on May 11, 2019 at the Convention Center in Arizona. Emanuel Navarette proved to the world that Isaac Dogboe was not ripe enough to stand before him as he pummeled the Ghanaian champion through the rounds before rounding it off with a 12 round TKO.
At the time of the stoppage, two of the judges had Navarette ahead 109-99, with the third judge scoring it 109-98.
Two conflicting news subsequently emerged from the camp of Isaac Dogboe after losing the title.
First his father and trainer – Paul Dogboe said he he’ll counsel his ward to take a break from the sport and concentrate on his education until the hunger to fight returns.
“He will take a long vacation and continue his education and if that hunger comes back then he will come back to fight,” Paul Dogboe told Graphic Sports.
“I think I will have to get him another trainer if he decides to come back and fight because I can’t do this anymore,” the former Army officer added.
The Dogboe’s also claimed that they’ll like to switch to a different weight category , possibly move up to the featherweight division because Isaac Dogboe struggles to make the junior featherweight division.
Emanuel Navarette vacates WBO bantamweight title
After defending the title on five consecutive occasions between 2019 and 2020 against the likes of Isaac Dogboe [May 11, 2019], Francisco De Vaca [August 17, 2019], Juan Miguel Elorde [September 14, 2019], Francisco Horta [December 07, 2019] and Jeo Santisima [February 22, 2020] in an all knockout jamboree, the decided undefeated Mexican champion decided to quit the title.
In a letter dated July 11, signed by his representative [Guillermo Brito Rodríguez], Emanuel Navarrete announced his decision to officially vacate the WBO bantamweight title and advanced his reason to the President of the World Boxing Organization – Francisco Valcárcel.
Navarrete said he would like to quit the weight because the requirement to making the weight is becoming more difficult for him by the day.
The top five boxers in the WBO junior featherweight division are; Michael Conlan [13-0, 7 KO’s], Rubén Villa [18-0, 5 KO’s], Ryan Walsh [26-2-2, 12 KO’s], Jessie Magdaleno [28-1, 18 KO’s] and Musashi Mori [11-0 , 6 KO’s].
Will the kind of boxers in the division force Isaac Dogboe to rescind his decision and challenge for the title at least for one more time?