Ghana’s Patrick Allotey is now the new WBO Africa super welterweight champion after stopping the overmatched Frank Dodzi in round six on Saturday night at Accra’s Bukom Boxing Arena.
It was a one-sided fight as Allotey proved too strong for Dodzi. The later had promised to stop Allotey in three rounds, but never came close to being competitive, let alone fulfilling his prophecy.
Allotey (38-3, KOs) worked behind the jab in the first, preventing Dodzi from coming forward. He hurt Dodzi in the second with a right cross, a harbinger of the impending.
Dodzi began letting his hands go in the third but failed to land any clean shots. Allotey continued to land the cleaner, more effective blows.
Dodzi (19-10, 17 KOs) had his best moment in round four as he landed a straight right. Allotey responded with multiple combinations.
Allotey staggered Dodzi in the fifth with a powerful left hook. Dodzi showed resolve, pressing forward even after being tagged. Another left hook caused Dodzi’s knees to buckle—he may have been still standing but was taking a serious amount of punishment.
The end occurred in the sixth as Allotey continued to plow away to the head and body. A series of well-placed combinations forced Dodzi’s corner to wave the white flag. Official time was 2:34.
Following the win, Allotey called for a rematch with Kazakhstan’s Kanat Islam. Islam won a wide 12-round unanimous decision over the Ghanaian in October 2016.
“I want a rematch with Kanat Islam,” he told Ghanacrusader.com. “They robbed me in our first fight, so I want to fight him again. Now Kanat Islam is ranked high and it is the right time for me to fight him. I know i have the power to beat him because i want to be a World Champion and in order to achieve that you have to fight with the best.”