Dogboe draws Argentine opponent …In WBO final eliminator

Isaac Dogboe

Isaac Dogboe

World Boxing Council (WBC) Youth Silver featherweight champion, Isaac Dogboe, has been handed a tough opponent for his final eliminator to challenge for the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) featherweight title.

The young Ghanaian champion is set to fight Argentine opponent, Claudio Fernando Echegaray at the Bukom Boxing Arena in Accra, Ghana on Saturday, July 22 in what will end the long wait on the WBO to announce an opponent for the Ghanaian.

Dogboe has been inactive for over six months following the WBO’s delay in naming the next opponent for him, seeing two bouts scheduled for him including a local opponent, Edward Kambassi, cancelled.

But last week’s announcement of a showdown between two unbeaten warriors seem to have cleared the path for Dogboe to begin his journey to Las Vegas for a shot at the WBO world title.

Dogboe will engage the Argentine warrior in the final eliminator to the WBO world featherweight title, a fight he told the Times Sports would define his career.

It will be the second fight for Claudio outside his Argentina comfort zone. He has fought 16 of his fights at home with one in nearby Uruguay. In all, he has registered 17 wins with nine coming via the short rout with one ending in a draw.

Claudio is a southpaw and is considered one of the hard punchers in the South American nation but Dogboe still believes that in becoming a world champion, one has to fight the very best and therefore welcomes the 27 year old boxer.

He told the Times Sports it was not a pleasant feeling to see two fights cancelled but is embracing the new challenge to prove to the world how ready he is to challenge for the world title.

His father and trainer, Paul Dogboe, told the Times Sports on Sunday that the long wait has been worthwhile and are looking forward to having the best of preparation for the fight against Claudio who revives memories of a similar clash against Neil John Tabanao from the Philippines which went to the wire.

“The WBO felt the final eliminator should be contested by boxers in a certain class because the winner could potentially be a world champion and since the opponent was not captured in that bracket, they felt the need to replace him. Now we know which boxer we are scheduled to face. We will prepare well to give it our best shot.”

“We want to win but our ultimate aim is to get to Las Vegas to fight for the bigger championship. That means defeating Claudio and that is exactly what we’ll do.”

Dogboe is presently in the top 10 ranking of the WBO after winning the WBO Africa, Oriental and International titles in addition to the WBC silver featherweight title and was also adjudged the WBO Africa boxer of the year 2016.

By Andrew Nortey


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