WBO world junior featherweight champion Isaac Dogboe received a purse of $65,000 for his first-round TKO of Japan’s Hidenori Otake Saturday night in Glendale, Arizona.
Ghana’s Dogboe may be a rising star but his compensation is lagging a bit. The hard-hitting 23-year-old isn’t happy about his financial situation. However, his anger wasn’t directed toward his promoter, Top Rank Promotions, but rather at the Ghanaian community for the lack of support.
“We’ve lost a lot of money and we are in debt and it is reflecting on my father,” he recently said in an interview with Pulse. “They tend to forget the hard work he put in, where we came from and where we are today. He is not getting the recognition he deserves.”
“We have revived boxing and we should not be on the losing end,” he continued. “We should have sponsorships, people willing to come in. We have put the nation on an international platform again. We have portrayed the nation in a positive manner. However, we don’t feel like we are getting the credit we deserve. We have put our blood and sweat into reviving boxing in Ghana. What is the reward for that? Nothing.”
He added: “The Ghana boxing community and Team Dogboe, for some reason seems like there is a conflict between us. I don’t know where that is coming from and how that came about. Maybe it is because I am not from [boxing-mad suburb of Accra] Bukom, maybe it is because I am not one of the fighters who grew up fighting from Bukom, I don’t know.”
Dogboe is set to return to the ring in Early December. No opponent has been named, although a unification versus Rey Vargas or Danny Roman is a possibility. One would expect a significant increase in pay to accompany that.