Dogboe, Tabanao promise fireworks

titleMain combatants of Friday’s ‘Mega fight’ pitching Africa against Asia are promising fire and brimstone as both aim to climb in the ranking of the World Boxing Organisation (WBO).

The event put together by Aborigines Beach Resort and Rising Stars Africa Promotions will see Ghana’s Isaac ‘Royal Storm’ Dogboe come face to face with Neil John Tabanao from the Philippines in a WBC World Youth featherweight championship.

In addition to that, the winner will unify the WBO Africa and Asia versions of the title held by the two boxers as well as see a significant rise in the ranking of the WBO.

At yesterday’s official launch of the event powered by GTV Sports+, both boxers minced no words about their preparation for the fight, promising Ghanaian fans a memorable night of boxing.

Dogboe – in his usual calm posture – preferred to keep his cards close to his chest, urging fans to throng the Police Officers Social and Fitness Centre (POSFC) behind the Police Headquarters in Accra to witness what he has in store.

But when pushed further, the ‘Royal Storm’ conceded it will not be an easy ride but was prepared and conditioned for the fight he believes would redefine his career.

“I want to tell Ghanaians it will be a tough fight. Tabanao will not travel all the way from his country to come and disgrace himself. He will be stubborn and will give a tough fight but I have to prove to him that when you go to a country, they have soldiers that protect the land and I am one of those soldiers.”

“This fight means a lot to me. I have worked myself to this stage and I can’t disappoint myself and the fans. It will be fireworks; yes fireworks is guaranteed,” Dogboe said in response to a question.

Tabanao also acknowledged the quality of the opposition he faces but believes he has what it takes to emerge victorious on ‘enemy’ territories.

Responding to a question as to whether he was scared by the electrifying atmosphere at the launch, Tabanao smiled and answered in few words – No, I’m not scared; I will give Ghanaians a goof fight. I promise them fireworks.’

“I am here to fight; that’s why I have come all the way from Philippines. I will sell Ghanaians a good fight and will make sure all the effort put in this fight is worth it.”

Paul Dogboe, Promoter of the fight told the media the event was about bringing the best to fight the best.

He said there was so much at stake for the two boxers and that is evident in the seriousness the two camps attach to the fight and promised the Filipino a fair fight.

He revealed that apart from the winner snatching all three titles, he (winner) will move up the WBA ranking with the chance to fight in two eliminators and depending on the outcome, fight for the world title.

By Andrew Nortey

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