Isaac Dogboe, the WBO’s fourth-ranked super bantamweight, has a new opponent for July 22. “Royal Storm” will meet Argentine Javier Chacon on that date at Accra, Ghana’s Bukom Boxing Arena.
Dogboe, (16-0, 10 KO’s), was originally slated to meet Claudio Echegary. But the latter pulled out of the bout for reasons that remain unclear at the time of this report.
Paul Dogboe, father and trainer of Isaac, believes he knows the reason.
“They are afraid of my son, they don’t want to fight him,” he said, according to Daniel David Quartey of Sportscrusader.com. “Echegaray didn’t take up the fight because he is scared of Isaac.”
Enter Chacon who, at 36, has seen better days. The light-hitting trialhorse has won six in a row since drawing with Roberto Sosa in 2015.
“[This] will also serve as final eliminator,” the senior Dogboe explained. “The WBO title is held by Jesse Magdaleno and our target is that belt.”
Dogboe last fought in December 2016, scoring a seventh-round stoppage of Julian Aristule in New Zealand. He is considered one of the most talent fighters in Ghana and also Africa, checking in at number eight on our Africa pound for pound list (see here: https://boxingafrica.com/africa-pound-pound-list-june-2017).
Chacon hasn’t been in with an opponent this tough since he fought Jamie McDonnell in 2014. Chacon was competitive early and game throughout but McDonnell’s super talent shone through. Chacon suffered a dislocated in round nine and the bout was stopped a round later.
That was also the last time he fought outside of his native Argentina. He’s done so only twice in his career (the other time to neighboring Panama) with mixed results. He’ll be entering foreign and hostile territory when he challenges Dogboe in his native Ghana.
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