Isaac Dogboe loses WBO Super Bantamweight title

Ghana’s Isaac Dogboe lost his WBO world super bantamweight title on Saturday night, outpointed by Mexico’s Emanuel Navarrete after a brutal encounter in New York.

In his second title defence, Isaac Dogboe failed to produce the devastating skill and dexterity that saw him beat the likes of Magdaleno and Juarez earlier this year.

Dogboe who until now had gone 20 fights without defeat lasted the entire 12 rounds but he struggled for the majority of the rounds.

Navarrete. who was fighting outside his native Mexico for the first time, took it to Dogboe. He landed a lot of hard punches, swelled his face and scored an upset unanimous decision to take the title at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden.

By unanimous decision, all the 3 judges scored the bout in favour of the Mexican.

The fight was scored 116-112, 116-112, 115-113, all in Navarrete’s favour.

“Hearing those words (‘and the new world champion’) was the culmination of a dream, a culmination of all the hard work and all the sacrifices that I have made,” Navarrete said through an interpreter. “Thanks to Isaac Dogboe. I knew I’d have to be at my best.

Navarrete (26-1, 22 KOs), 23, had Dogboe (20-1, 14 KOs), 24, in some trouble in the 11th round as Dogboe’s left eye was nearly closed and he might not have been able to see the punches coming. His legs also looked unsteady as Navarrete chased him around the ring.

Dogboe who had a badly swollen face after the bout sad he will now take a break, regroup and aim to come back to the top again.