WBO world super bantamweight champion Isaac “Royal Storm” Dogboe is targeting another knockout when he meets Emanuel Navarrete on December 8.
The second defense of Dogboe’s title will take place at Madison Square Garden in New York. Dogboe-Navarrete will be the co-feature on a card headlined by a lightweight unification between Vasyl Lomachenko and Jose Pedraza.
Ghana’s Dogboe, (20-0, 14 KOs), has enjoyed an incredible 2018 but Navarrete may be the toughest opponent of his young career. Nevertheless, the 24-year-old hard-hitter took to Twitter with the promise of another victory—via KO, of course.
That’s been his modus operandi this year. He kicked it off in his title-winning effort versus Jessie Magdaleno, stopping the gritty Mexican-American in 11 rounds last April.
Dogboe followed it up with a first-round shellacking of Japan’s Hidenori Otake.
At 23, Navarrete, 25-1 (22 KOs), is a year younger than Dogboe. Although he’s riding an eight-fight KO streak, this will be his first fight outside of his native Mexico.
What he’s shown thus far is a tenacious demeanor, a willingness to engage and dynamite in both fists. His sole loss occurred in his six bout; a four round unanimous decision defeat to fellow Mexican Daniel Argueta.
“This is the opportunity I was waiting for,” Navarrete says. “I have a lot of respect for Isaac Dogboe, but this title will be mine. I feel very happy and motivated by this opportunity, even more, because of fighting in New York City. I know that from Dec. 8 forward, the name Emanuel Navarrete will be known all around the world. I’m sure this win will be mine.”