But when pushed to the wall on what fans should expect from the much hyped fight, both boxers did not hesitate to declare war and promise fireworks.
But the moment of truth cometh tonight at the Police Officers Social and Fitness Centre (POSFC) when the two boxers – Isaac ‘Royal Storm’ Dogboe and Neil John Tabanao from the Philippines – mount the ring to walk the talk.
Dogboe and Tabanao will be in, perhaps, the biggest fight of their career as they battle for the WBC World Youth featherweight title plus an opportunity to unify the WBO continental titles held by the two boxers.
Indeed, today’s fight will go a long way to define the future of the two boxers who hope to use the platform to brighten their chances of earning a world championship fight in the not too distant future.
With both of them separated by a thin line of one defeat, Dogboe and Tabanao boast of impressive records that make the fight a cracker.
The 21-year old Ghanaian is unbeaten in 14 appearances and appears the most experienced among the two, having fought in the US, the UK, Ghana and other countries.
With a rich amateur background, Dogboe’s solid ring craft clearly explains his success in the professional ranks where he has conquered opponents across top boxing nations before moving to Ghana where he grabbed the WBO Africa featherweight title after demolishing George Krampah and emerging victorious in an even cagier defense against Michael Pappoe.
His quest to rise to the very top has known no end and has made it clear that not even Tabanao who is considered to be his toughest can stand in his way.
“This is a battle for two warriors. Tabanao is coming to fight to take the three titles home. I am coming to do the same so there would be two warriors in the ring at the same time but one would definitely go down and it would not be me,” Dogboe promised at yesterday’s weigh –in held at the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation.
Reverse to two days earlier at the fight launch and one would note the consistency in the presentation about the fight.
Even in a very calm demeanour, he was confident the fight will keep patrons on their feet because they would be uncomfortable on their chairs while two brave warriors exchange blows to prove their superiority.
That is the kind of atmosphere to be witnessed when the big platform to prove his warrior status is presented to Dogboe against an opponent ‘baked’ in the same land as boxing legend Manny Pacquiao.
Just like the famous boxing icon turned senator in the Philippines, Tabanao appears very reserved but does a lot of the talking with his hands in the ring and that was exactly what he vowed to do yesterday.
“The event is just tomorrow. I don’t want to talk much. I want the fans to be at the venue tomorrow and witness what I should have said but couldn’t say at the press conference. It will be an all action fight. I want to give you your money’s worth.”
Of course, the fact that he is coming from a country considered as one of the best as far as boxing was concerned and boasts of an inspiring 13 wins record with just a defeat suggests he has what it takes to back his few words.
Furthermore, 10 of those wins came via the short route and offer ample testimony of his punching power and indeed could be a major test for Dogboe who has craved for fights of similar magnitude to silence his doubters.
Dogboe has been doubted not because of his performance but his diminutive stature despite constantly retorting that he makes up for his physique with his power, style and ring generalship.
Both boxers are hard punchers, good boxers and Dogboe’s ability to change style to adapt to his opponent’s technique makes him the fans favourite though much is not known about Tabanao whose videos presents him as a hard puncher – one that would wear you out and finally take you out.
Call it a date with destiny and one would not be far from right. With eyes fixed on the titles and the chance to be in the top five ranking of the WBO, only the skies can limit both boxers although home support can tilt the scale in Dogboe’s favour.
The Aborigines Beach Resort and Rising Stars Africa Promotions would see Ghana’s Obodai Sai in action against Burkina Faso opponent, Idrissa Kabore for the WBO super middleweight title plus a number of undercards to thrill patrons.