Dogboe: I’m ready to unify division

Dogboe (right) directs punches at the body of Otake

Dogboe (right) directs punches at the body of Otake

The ‘Royal Storm’ Isaac Dogboe has declared an intention to fight the best in the super bantamweight division in a bid to unify the division.


Moments after his shortest career bout that saw him stop Hidenori Otake in his first defence, the Ghanaian world champion called out the WBC, IBF and other champions in the division to come forward for a fight.


Saturday’s ‘storm’ came in a hurry, as Dogboe blasted out Hidenori Otake via TKO, 2:18 seconds of the opening round to retain his WBO super bantamweight world title.


Dogboe (20-0, 14 KOs) knocked down Otake (31-3-3, 14 KOs) down twice in the round, and a follow-up flurry forced referee Chris Flores  to call a halt to the bout.


Dogboe won the title with a thrilling 11th-round TKO against Jessie Magdaleno in April. This time, he had a shorter night at the office.


He told after the fight: “This was a great performance. I’m glad I got to showcase my skills on ESPN,” Dogboe said.


“Now, I want to face all the champs. Let’s do this. I’m ready to unify all the titles.”


For Dogboe, the win should clear the path for the other champions to think about unification.


The Ghanaian has always savoured fights with Japanese holder of the International Boxing Federation (IBF) super bantamweight champion, Ryosuke Iwasa, Mexican champion Rey Vargas who holds the WBC title and the WBA’s Danny Roman.


“I am ready for all these guys. They should come out and let’s do this and give the fans what they want and prove to the world who the true champion is,” Dogboe told the Times Sports in a chat.


Meanwhile Otake (31-3-3, 14 knockouts) has praised Dogboe for his performance, describing him as a true champion.


“I was very relaxed and in top condition when I entered the ring.” Once the action got underway I landed some initial shots that caught Dogboe and gave me some confidence but as we traded punches in the middle of the ring, I got caught.


Otake continued “I was cautious of the hook but didn’t see it coming.”

“I like fighting on the inside but I would’ve liked to have got my ‘one-two’ going [from the outside].”

The fight was stopped at 2:18 and Otake was ready to continue fighting but didn’t question the stoppage initially, saying “I’ll have to go back and look at it [on tape].”

Otake’s promoter Kentaro Kaneko said afterwards that “Boxing is that kind of sport that when you get a champion like Dogboe with such a skillful feint and hook that there’s nothing you can do even after all the training.”


“There’s no shame losing to a champion like Dogboe and especially after he proved that he was not in town to dance. The Japanese warrior had never been stopped before and came to Arizona to fight. Otake went out blasting and he’ll always have the respect of a fighter who wasn’t afraid to challenge anybody for the chance at becoming champion.


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