The Isaac Dogboe Viva-lution is underway
“Viva Isaac Dogboe!” exclaimed adviser Mike Altamura, shortly after his charge, undefeated junior featherweight titlist Isaac “Royal Storm” Dogboe, 20-0 (14), blasted Hidenori Otake, 31-3-3 (14), in Glendale, Arizona, Saturday August 25, on ESPN.
“The ‘Dogboe Viva-lution’ is underway,” Altamura said.
Dogboe drilled Hidenori with a vicious left hook that dropped him shortly into the fight. The onslaught continued afterward until the fight was mercifully stopped at 2:18 of round one to save the Japanese challenger from any further punishment.
There are some strong champions atop the 122-pound division but Dogboe is making a pretty strong claim that he may indeed be the best of the bunch.
The WBO junior featherweight world title bout was the chief support to the main event that saw Puerto Rico’s Jose Pedraza beat veteran Ray Beltran over 12 rounds to claim the WBO lightweight title.
Dogboe has made quite a splash on the world boxing scene over the last year, since winning the interim title by stopping rugged Cesar Juarez in January of this year. He followed that with an impressive 11th round stoppage of then-undefeated Jesse Magdaleno in April.
On August 25, he strolled into downtown Glendale, Arizona, and blasted the veteran Otake, simply steamrolling over the shell-shocked Japanese challenger. However the result or the location should be of no surprise to anyone, as Dogboe has a resume that boasts victories in New Zealand, Africa, Ireland and the United States.
“This was a great performance. I’m glad I got to showcase my skills on ESPN,” Dogboe said after the bout. “I’m very thankful for the opportunity. I have a lot of respect for Otake for standing up after getting dropped. When I hit him with that powerful hook and dropped him the first time, I felt the Holy Spirit.”
Then Dogboe also made no secret of whom he wanted to fight next.
“Now I want to face all the champs. Let’s do this. I’m ready to unify all the titles.”
While Dogboe was little known to many fight fans a year ago, he is fast becoming THE MAN at 122 pounds.
With his fast and furious performance on August 25 and the fact that he barely had a glove laid on him, there is a very good chance we’ll see Dogboe back in the ring before the year is out for his fourth fight of 2018.
To say the least, this has been a career-making year for Dogboe and it may not be done quite yet.
Altamura caught up with UCNLive.com to discuss options for his charge and what he sees in the coming year for the exciting, powerful Dogboe.
“I think we are definitely looking to return this year,” Altamura said. “I have to sit down with Top Rank in the next couple of days and see what options we have. I think December 1st or 8th would be the target dates. We’ve put out the challenge to (WBA beltholder) Danny Roman and (WBC titlist) Rey Vargas. I don’t think Roman is likely, as he has a fight coming up and if we can’t get Vargas, then we’ll take the best challenge available. It’s pretty amazing in this era to see a guy fight four world title fights in a 12-month span.”
While exciting Irish banger TJ Doheny also has the IBF world title, he is also under the management of Altamura. So for now anyway, a Dogboe vs. Doheny bout isn’t a fight they are pursuing.
“As you know, TJ and Isaac are both under my care. So unless the money is exceptional, we are going to look at collecting all the other belts for them. Then if there was a huge fight for them down the line, we would take a look at it then. But for now, I have instructed them that we will go after the other belts,” Altamura said.
In Dogboe, the boxing world is experiencing a fighter, who can certainly be labeled a world champion, having fought all over the globe. Dogboe was born in Ghana, raised in London and is now planning to live in the United States to attend university. So Altamura is excited at the options of where to market the well-spoken, friendly boxer.
“With Dogboe, we have three different markets where he is established. He has the market in Ghana; he was raised in London and now the last couple of bouts in the United States. His presence on ESPN has really built his profile in the market. This is a guy who has a personalty and charisma to transcend the sport. So wherever the best options and markets are for him are where we will present him,” said Altamura. “I think it would be great to return to Ghana for a stadium show there. I have spoken to Top Rank and ESPN and they like the concept. Obviously it’s a matter of some logistics but I think, with the government and the right sponsorship behind us, it can happen and it would be a spectacular event. I think it would be great to return to Ghana for a major homecoming fight in 2019. Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi, Ghana, would be a great spot. I think we would pack that place for a homecoming bout and their atmosphere would be unbelievable.”
Whatever is next for Dogboe, boxing has one of its most exciting fighters to come along in a long time and he is looking to fight often. Fight fans can’t ask for a whole lot more from a champion.
“You better believe that 2019 is the year of the Dogboe Viva-lution,” enthused Altamura. “I think we set it this year. Obviously we wanna shine one more night this year, to close that out. But then, in 2019, we are going to turn up the volume to an unprecedented level.”