Cesar Juarez to battle Isaac Dogboe for WBO interim 122-pound title
Undefeated Ghanaian Isaac “Royal Storm” Dogboe, 17-0 (11), will battle Mexican Cesar “Corazon” Juarez, 25-5 (15), for the WBO interim junior featherweight title at the Bukom Boxing Arena, on January 6, in Dogboe’s hometown of Accra, Ghana.
Juarez enters his second title opportunity off three straight wins. The trio of victories was a strong rebound from his loss to former world champion Nonito Donaire in his other WBO junior featherweight title shot in December of 2015.
Juarez came back from the Donaire defeat (after a slim, split decision loss to Giovanni Delgado) by knocking out undefeated, No. 2 contender Albert Pagara in July of 2016. He then put together two more wins after the Pagara victory and now finds himself in another title opportunity.
While Juarez plans to make the most of his upcoming title try, he knows he has a serious task in front of him in getting by the undefeated Dogboe.
In a recent interview, Juarez made it clear that, while he knows he is in for a tough fight, against a fighter who will have huge support from the hometown crowd, he welcomes the challenge of fighting in his opponent’s backyard.
“I have proven in my career that I will fight anyone, anywhere, anytime. And while I get ducked all the time, I have no problem going to my opponent;s home to fight,” said Juarez. “I have the preparation, the talent and the heart to beat anyone in my division and I will prove it against Dogboe.”
Juarez, an aggressive, rugged fighter in the ring, has been training in Mexico City for over two months, with trainer Manuel Lopez, getting ready for what he says is the most important fight of his career.
“This is nothing new for me. I was never in the hands of a promoter that protected me, so I know that I have to go in there and look for the knockout from the first bell to the last, as I want no surprises with a bad decision,” said Juarez. “I am ready for war and that’s what I want to deliver to the fans, a fight that they will remember for a long time. I know what this fight means to me and what a great opportunity this is to realize my dream of becoming a world champion. I will take full advantage of this opportunity and bring back the championship to Mexico and to everyone that has always believed in me. I will leave everything in the ring to win this fight.”
Juarez adviser Sean Gibbons, who will be in Ghana for the fight, knows Juarez has to be at the top of his game on fight night. However Gibbons is also confident that Juarez has the style to hand the Dogboe his first loss.
“Juarez fights one way and one way only,” said Gibbons from his Las Vegas home. “He isn’t Sugar Ray Leonard in there. This guy is all heart and he lets it all hang out in the ring.”
While Juarez may have the advantage in the aggression department, Gibbons also knows his charge will be in with a very slick and experienced boxer.
“This guy has a ton of experience,” said Gibbons of Dogboe, “but he won’t have seen aggression and pressure like Juarez is going to bring. He is going to be bringing it hard and fast all night. We don’t want to be going to the scorecards. It’s a KO or nothing.”
While Gibbons would like to see the fight play out into an aggressive slugfest, to suit the style of the rugged Juarez, he isn’t worried about a fair shake in Ghana.
“The promoter, Paul Dogboe, who is Isaac’s father, has assured me that there will be no funny business of the scorecards for anyone fighting there,” said Gibbons. “They love boxing there and they are promoting it all the time. They respect the sport very much and don’t want to see a bad decision. They would be insulted and humiliated to win a decision that was a gift. The fans wouldn’t accept it and they wouldn’t appreciate it. So I have no problem with the fight going to the cards but we are going to be looking to end it before that”.
Gibbons knows Juarez has to be aggressive and on point, right from the opening bell and that is exactly what Juarez has in mind.
“Dogboe does a lot of things well,” said Gibbons, “but trust me; he has never seen pressure like Juarez is going to be bringing. This guy call himself the Royal Storm. Believe me; he is gonna have a storm coming at him from Juarez like he has never seen before. He will have never dealt with the kind of pressure that Cesar will bring; you can bank on that. I see the fight being very competitive early but Juarez’s nonstop aggression and pressure will add up. I like Cesar by a late stoppage.”