Team Dogboe launches world title bid …Needs $3m to stage fight in Ghana

•  Flashback: Dr. Agomenu addressing a media confab with Dogboe looking on

• Flashback: Dr. Agomenu addressing a media confab with Dogboe looking on

Rising Star Africa Promotions, the management and marketing team of WBO International super bantamweight champion, Isaac Dogboe, has launched a daring bid for a world title by the close of 2017.

Christened the ‘Journey to Vegas’, the team hopes to raise a total amount of US$3 million to land the fight and stage it in Ghana.

Consequently, it will soon kick start a series of activities aimed at typically engaging the corporate sector to make that dream not just a reality but a success.

Currently ranked 4th on the last WBO ranking, Team Dogboe is counting on the win over Nicolas Javier Chacon from Argentina to push them higher in the WBO August ranking yet to be released as they hope to get a shot at the world title held by Jessie Magdelano, a Mexican-American fighter.

Aside the WBO, the team is also engaged in talks with officials of the International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Council (WBC) which title is held by Rey Vargas for a potential match in case of a change.

Addressing a press conference on Friday at the Kempinski Hotel in Accra, a member of the Rising Star Africa Promotional team, Dr. Donald Senanu Agomenu said the group will come out with a comprehensive programme aimed at persuading the corporate Ghana to join forces in staging what could be the biggest boxing event in the country.

He said boxing is a big industry that the corporate sector must take advantage of by using the Dogboe brand to advertise themselves to the world.

According to him, the Ghanaian companies that associate with the Dogboe brand would even have a bigger mileage in the event that the fight is staged in places like the UK, USA or Australia, an emerging boxing destination.

Dr. Agomenu said sponsors would be classified in four categories namely Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze, adding that there will be space for every entity that wants to associate with the team.

However, staging the fight in Ghana, he explained comes with extra responsibility because it must be staged at the main sports stadium which would require a lot of works but would also give enough space for corporate supporters to brand themselves.

“A lot of people believe that the fight with Chacon was and would remain the biggest we can stage but I can assure you that if we win the bid to stage a world title in Ghana, the Bukom Boxing Arena will be too small; so we may have to consider the stadium which will have bigger places for companies to advertise themselves not only to Ghanaians but the international community that will be watching the fight live.”

He said the Chacon fight was only a stepping stone to greater heights but those dreams can only come to fruition when corporate Ghana partners the team in their bid to raise the next world champion.

Mr. Marwan Zakhem, one of the owners of the Kempinski Hotel who has officially joined the promotional team announced plans in place towards the realization of the world title agenda.

He said the team will relocate the boxer to the UK where he will be closer to his family, get the best sparring partners and lessons, be exposed to first class training equipment as well as getting the best possibilities.

He described the boxer as a super star and an amazing ambassador of the country and Kempinski will ensure that he gets the best support to reach his height.

Mr. Zakhem appealed to the corporate fraternity to join forces with the team to see the dream come true while commending the boxer and his father and trainer, Paul Dogboe for the commitment and dedication displayed in reaching this far.

Isaac Dogboe on his part expressed the team’s gratitude to the President, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo- Addo for the support he has offered so far.

He was equally grateful to former Presidents, Jerry John Rawlings, John Agyekum Kuffour and John Mahama as well as companies and individuals that have supported the dream, adding that, his biggest gratitude will be winning the title to make Ghanaians happy. Dogboe is currently 17-0-0.



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