Ghanaian boxer Isaac Dogboe has lost his first fight since the start of his professional boxing career. Dogboe lost his WBO world super bantamweight title last night to Mexico’s Emmanuel Navarrette after a fierce encounter at the Maddison Square, New York.
Isaac Dogboe had some hard punches on his face and his face swelled by the Mexican boxer and was declared the winner by a unanimous decision to take the title.
The fight was scored 116-112, 116-112, 115-113, all in Navarrete’s favour.
“Hearing those words (‘and the new world champion’) was the culmination of a dream, a culmination of all the hard work and all the sacrifices that I have made,” Navarrete said through an interpreter. “Thanks to Isaac Dogboe. I knew I’d have to be at my best.
“I hurt my right hand early in the fight, but I had the desire to be a champion and I did everything necessary to get the title, and I am very happy and proud to achieve this goal of being the world champion.”
Dogboe, a 2012 Olympian from Ghana, had burst on the scene early this year, winning an interim title by knocking out Cesar Juarez in the fifth round in January, then claiming the full title with a rousing 11th-round knockout of Jessie Magdaleno in April followed by a first-round demolition of Hidenori Otake in August. But Navarrete, a much bigger man, could not be tamed in Dogboe’s second title defense and he gave Navarrete credit.
“It was a great fight, and Emanuel Navarrete fought like a true Mexican warrior,” Dogboe said. “Champions are supposed to keep going under any circumstance, but I just couldn’t get the victory. The best man won tonight.”
The fight got off to a spirited start with several exciting exchanges in the early rounds. Navarrete suffered a cut on the left side of his hairline in the second round but he also seemed to rattle Dogboe with a right hand.
Navarrete charged after Dogboe during the fifth round, landed some right hands and had him in retreat. By the sixth round, Dogboe’s right eye was swelling. He also had swelling on the left side of his face. Dogboe applied intense pressure in the eighth round but Navarrete withstood it and fired back.
Dogboe landed a right hand behind the head that dropped Navarrete in the ninth round but referee Benjy Esteves did not call it because it was an illegal punch.
Navarrete (26-1, 22 KOs), 23, had Dogboe (20-1, 14 KOs), 24, in some trouble in the 11th round as Dogboe’s left eye was nearly closed and he might not have been able to see the punches coming. His legs also looked unsteady as Navarrete chased him around the ring.
According to CompuBox punch statistics, Navarrete landed 221 of 804 punches (28 percent) and Dogboe connected with 176 of 686 (26 percent).
Portion of text culled from myjoyonline.com