Jessie Magdaleno and Isaac Dogboe will let the fists fly in Philly on April 28
Pre-fight predictions and posturing are nothing new in boxing. However if Jessie Magdaleno and Isaac Dogboe deliver on their recent pre-bout banter, we might have a good one brewing in the “City of Brotherly Love” on Saturday, April 28 (ESPN, 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT).
Live from the Liacouras Center, In Philadelaphia, Pennsylvania, newly crowned WBO interim junior lightweight champion Isaac “Royal Storm” Dogboe, 18-0 (12), will challenge WBO junior featherweight champion Jessie Magdaleno, 25-0 (18), to see who is indeed the sanctioning organization’s boss at 122 pounds.
Dogboe picked up the title after beating veteran Cesar Juarez last January at the Bukom Boxing Arena in Accra, Ghana. At 23, Dogboe is young and confident and believes, without a doubt, that he will be leaving the ring with another impressive stoppage under his belt.
Dogboe looked very good against Juarez, with an aggressive, boxer-puncher style that was simply too much for the Mexico City native. However he will have a tough task on his hands with the undefeated Magdaleno, who was impressive in winning his WBO title by beating four-division world champion Nonito Donaire in November of 2016.
Magdaleno can certainly box from the outside but likes to be aggressive and isn’t hesitant to wage war.
In recent interviews, both fighters expressed confidence and a desire to end the proceedings before the final bell, which could mean fireworks for Philly fight fans.
“I’m always ready to face Jessie Magdaleno. Even if they say I should fight him today, I’m ready for him,” said Dogboe. “Like I have said in my previous interviews, Jessie Magdaleno is going to get knocked out. It will be a knockout victory for me. When I say these things, people think I’m delusional. People think, ‘This kid doesn’t know what he is talking about.’ Believe me; I don’t speak for speaking’s sake. I speak because I believe it wholeheartedly.”
And while Magdaleno respects Dogboe as a fighter, he doesn’t have any plans of relinquishing his title on the 28th.
“At the end of the day I have a job to do,” said Magdaleno, “I’m gonna get in there and beat this guys ass. Camp has been great and I’m more than ready to get back in the ring. I’m mentally ready and physically ready. We have a tough task on our hands but I’m ready. The year layoff won’t affect me at all. We are going in there guns blazing and we are going for the knockout.”
UCNLive.com also had a chance to catch up with Dogboe’s manager Mike Altamura and Magdaleno’s manager Frank Espinoza, to get their takes on the upcoming bout.
“I think this is a really intriguing fight. I think this is the fight that Isaac has been waiting for, a great match-up of styles,” said Altamura.
And while impressed with Dogboe’s title-winning effort, Altamura thinks there are even bigger things in store. “This is a very different fight than the Juarez fight. I think that, when this fight is over, he is going to be one of the breakout stars in boxing,” said Altamura. “He is a wonderful guy. He is jumping out of his skin and can’t wait to get into the ring. He’s been in Philadelphia for a while to get himself acclimated. He’s really excited to be headlining ESPN. I think Isaac is trouble for anyone in the weight class. He has a very unique style and is very strong. He knows how to catch and roll and he is a small target. He is very crafty at working his way in and getting under people’s punches. It is very hard for people to hold him at the end of their guard.”
Espinoza certainly sees the match-up as a good fight but doesn’t see the title changing hands on fight night.
“Jessie has been training hard for four months and is in great shape,” said Espinoza. “Don’t get me wrong; we realize that this is a tough night. Its a fight. Dogboe is a powerful guy, who comes forward and throws power punches. He also came into the pros with a good amateur pedigree as well. I think he is a good fighter and Jessie thinks he is a good fighter as well but Jessie is just so mentally and physically prepared. I know Jessie is very excited to get back in the ring and defend his title.”
While both managers agreed it would be a very good fight, they didn’t agree on the outcome.
“I predict pain,” said Altamura with a chuckle. “I predict an emphatic victory for Dogboe. He’s not only one of the stars of world boxing but he’s the biggest star in African boxing right now. It’s going to be a breakout performance.”
“Everyone knows that Jessie can pack a punch but he is also a very good boxer. I think he is just technically stronger than Dogboe,” said Espinoza. “I see Jessie stopping him in the later rounds.”