Ghanaian boxer Isaac Dogboe is no more the WBO Super Bantamweight title holder after losing miserably to Mexican opponent Emmanuel Navarrete on Saturday night in the United States.
The promising young boxer appeared to have lost all his skills and dexterity in his second title defence as he failed to take the fight to the foe. But, he rather took punches.
Navarrete took a unanimous decision on official scores of 115-113, 116-112, and 116-112. BLH scored the fight 115-113 for Navarrete as well.
Navarrete stuck to plans for the night and backed up superbly and in doing so landed a lot of heavy punches on the Ghanaian who didn’t fight like the wounded lion he has ever been.
A Final CompuBox statistics card showed that Navarrete landed 221 of 804 total punches (27.5%) while Dogboe landed 176 of 686 total punches (25.7%).
Dogboe went into the Madison Square Gardens ring undefeated in 20 bouts and did travel the entire 12 rounds but could not prevail against the North American opponent.
The orthodox Mexican took the fight to Dogboe over the first half of the bout, but Dogboe came back slight but not strong enough after Navarrete injured his right hand. Navarrete had a big round ten, rocking Dogboe, and dominated the rest of the fight.
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Dogboe started the fight quickly, using his action-oriented style to come right after Navarrete, who has a huge height and reach advantage.
But, in the second round Navarrete was able to land some clean, hard body shots that visibly hurt Dogboe. It was clear that Dogboe felt the punches because at that point he started moving backwards, which isn’t his modus operandi.
By El Akyereko
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