WBO and WBA Pan African champion, Isaac Dogboe, has conceded that his title defense against Michael Pappoe may, perhaps, be the most difficult clash in his young career.
But that notwithstanding, he is poised to win it in a fashion that will make his fans feel it was rather his easiest fight.
Dogboe’s title will be on the line on February 20, at the Azumah Nelson Sports Complex against Pappoe, a boxer considered one of the fiercest in the weight category.
His ability to withstand the hard-hitting Michael Ansah over 12 rounds and subsequent win only erased doubts over his durability and brought to the fore the kind of boxer he is.
A source from his corner told The Times Sports yesterday that Pappoe is a boxer in his own class, with an ability to adapt to any style from the boxers he has faced in the ring.
“He is tough and can be rugged sometimes. He knows how to trade punches, he jabs well and can do a lot of things in the ring. He is a very experienced boxer who can pose a lot of problems to Dogboe,” he said.
But Dogboe claims he is not moved by any of those qualities.
Currently unbeaten and hungry for greater honours in his chosen profession, Dogboe insists Pappoe would not lose some credibility after dealing with him.
“These are nice things people say about their boxers just to create some fear in their opponents but unfortunately, they have very little or no effect on me. I have heard so much about Pappoe and what he does but it becomes my responsibility to prove those people wrong.”
“Under very difficult circumstances, I stopped George Krampah after going down on two occasions. With the kind of following he has, I know he will come barking but would have no teeth to bite.”
Comparatively, Pappoe comes into the fray with a reach advantage and would be expected to jab a lot to keep his opponent at bay but that is no issue for the combative Dogboe, who wants to compensate that disadvantage with his electrifying punches that have often done him the magic.
The event, supported by the Aborigines Beach Resort, situated in the Volta region, has been christened ‘Back on track to our glory days’.
It will feature other interesting bouts including another featherweight clash between Isaac Sackey and Kamarudeen Boyefio and Samuel Antwi versus Mohamed Odartey.
According to the organisers, the Popular Stand will attract a rate of Ghc10.00 and Ghc20.00 for Second ringside. Tickets for the VIP would go for Gh¢ 50.00.