WBO Africa featherweight champion, Isaac “Royal Storm” Dogboe (14-0, 9 KO’s) will take on WBO Neil John Tabanao (13-1, 9 KO’s) from the Philippines on Friday, August 26 at the Police Officer’s Social and Fitness Centre in Accra.
The upcoming match-up, promoted by Aborigines Beach Resort Promotions in collaboration with Rising Stars Africa Promotions, has been dubbed as “Africa vs. Asia.”
“We were mandated by the WBO to face Tabanao and after that fight, we will fight two more eliminators, but our focus is to take the fights one after the other,” Dogboe’s father and trainer Paul Dogboe says.
“From day one, we have set a mission, and that is to win the world title, and we are on course for that. Boxing is all about determination and discipline, and Isaac has that. Isaac is always in the gym, and he is ready for the August showdown because it is a must win fight.”
Concerning a scheduled fight between the WBO Africa champion and Sergio Puente on August 5 in California, Paul Dogboe stated, “that fight is off. We were billed to fight Eden Sonsona on that date but, like I said, the WBO mandated us to face Tabanao so that scheduled fight with Puente has been changed and we are working on what we have now.
Dogboe defended his title last month, stopping Uganda’s Edward Kakembo in the sixth round at the Accra Sports Stadium.
Tabanao is also coming off a victory, after knocking Australia’s Ibrahim Balla in three to win the vacant WBO Oriental featherweight title last month at the Bendigo Stadium in Victoria, Australia.