Dogboe targets April return

Paul and son, Isaac Dogboe

Paul and son, Isaac Dogboe

Dethroned World Boxing Organisation (WBO) junior featherweight champion, Isaac ‘Royal Storm’ Dogboe could return to the ring as early as April, 2019 for his 21st professional career fight, his father and trainer, Paul Dogboe has indicated.

What he was not certain about was whether they would fight in an ordinary contest or go straight into a rematch with Emanuel Navarette who defeated Isaac with a unanimous decision on December 8 at the Big Apple, Madison Square Garden.

Fighting in April will be exactly four months after Dogboe suffered his first professional loss in the hands of the tough Mexican champion who Team Dogboe claimed was underestimated.

There is also the choice of coming back as early as March but that remains a decision yet to be taken.

In a chat with the Times Sports yesterday, Paul pointed out that the ‘Royal Storm’ was still in the good books of promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank Promotions Syndicate and could get a rematch immediately if they demand for it.

“We want to take a short rest and decide on what to do next. We made a few mistakes in the build up to the ill-fated Navarette clash and we paid for it. It was a lesson learnt the hard way. It doesn’t mean we are down forever. Isaac will come back stronger.”

He assured fans in Ghana that Isaac was fine and doing well after the defeat.

“I know many people got worried after the fight but that was a sign that he is a warrior. If a warrior goes into battle, he will definitely come back with a few bruises and that was exactly what happened.”

He, however, rubbished claims that Isaac was forced into too many fights after engaging in four difficult fights in the year, adding that, “it was not the reason for the defeat because Navarette fought the same number of times.”

“Isaac is a young boxer full of energy. He is just 24 years and at that age; you can take all the difficult fight and slow down when you advance in age. Maybe from age 30 going, you can reduce the number of fights you take in a year, Paul said.

Paul maintained that the fight was lost as a result of complacency and paid dearly for it.

“I’m surprised that people are finding it difficult to accept that. We believed too much in Isaac’s qualities and broke a few of our camp rules by traveling up and down. It was because we felt Isaac had what it takes to defend the title.”

“Actually, we were confident Navarette will not travel beyond the fifth round because of the pattern Isaac’s fights had gone. When we realised the guy (Navarette) was still strong after the fifth round, we knew we would be in trouble. It was a mistake on our part but we all make mistakes in our lives.”

“The manner in which he stopped the previous opponents who were equally tough went too much into our heads but Navarette’s lesson will help us for the future,” he said.

BY ANDREW NORTEY

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