After taunting at each other with several verbal abuses and tough-talking moments, Ghana’s Isaac Dogboe secured the bragging rights over America’s Jessie Magdaleno in the WBO junior featherweight world title at the Liacouras Center on the campus of Temple University in Philadelphia (USA).
The two prior to the bout had been taking a dig each other with several abusive comments as part of antics deployed by boxers to demoralize each other before fights.
Magdaleno in a shocking comments belittled Dogboe’s skills and said he looked like “an alien” and that he was “dog ugly.”
Dogboe on the other hand took a wild reply saying his opponent was “the worst world champion ever” and said he would knock him out cold and make his son cry.
But at the end it was Dogboe, a medalist at the 2012 Olympics who ensured his challenger ate back his words by knocking him out in the 11th round.
The 23-year-old bounced back stronger having taken an early scare from Magdaleno.
Magdaleno knocked down Dogboe in the first round after releasing a heavy right punch into the face of the Ghanaian.
However the Ghanaian overcame the early shock by getting at Magdaleno with more punches and finally got his opponent visiting the canvas with a jab to the chin of Magdaleno.
Dogboe, (19-0, 13 KOs), 23 pinned Magdaleno (25-1, 18 KOs) in the 7th and 8th rounds ensured the American faded off at the end of the 10th round by unleashing several more hand shots at the latter who found it difficult to retaliate.
The 11th round proved to be the moment for Dogboe who showed no mercy when he pounced on Magdaleno and gave him continues punches to down him ultimately forcing referee Benjy Esteves to wave the fight off at 1 minute, 38 seconds.
Magdaleno notwithstanding the defeat gave Dogboe credit for winning the fight.
“He was the better man tonight. He did what he had to do,” Magdaleno said. “The inactivity got to me, but I don’t want to take anything away from Isaac. He is a great warrior. He got a great opportunity, and he took it. I wish nothing but the best to him.”
Dogboe on the other hand could not hide his joy about a famous victory especially the happiness to win a World title again for Ghana after Azumah Nelson.
“We’re all fighters. We love each other. The pre-fight stuff was taken out of context,” Dogboe said. “This is a great feeling. [Hall of Famer] Azumah Nelson [of Ghana] did it, and now I can call myself a champion.
“First rounds are always dangerous, but I gathered myself and did what I had to do. I appreciate all the support, and I want to thank for my team for making this happen.”
Isaac Dogboe with the win over Jessi Magdaleno remains undefeated after 20 fights.
By Frank Darkwah