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Isaac Dogboe claims WBO super bantamweight title, wins plaudits form Ghanaian president

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WBO super bantamweight champion Isaac “Royal Storm” Dogboe 19-0 (13) announced his arrival on the world stage this weekend as he gutted out a tough win over a determined Jessie Magdaleno 25-1 (18) at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Saturday night.

In the wake of his stunning victory that saw him join the illustrious list of world champions from Ghana that includes Azumah Nelson, David Kotey and Ike Quartey, well-wishes and congratulatory messages were extended from around the globe.

Even the President of Ghana, Mr Nana Akufo-Addo, took to Facebook to praise the new champion on his achievement.

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“Congratulations to Isaac Dogboe on his victory over Jessie Magdaleno, and, in so doing, becoming WBO Junior Featherweight/Super Bantamweight Champion, and Ghana’s youngest-ever boxing world champion. We are proud of him, and I am confident that he is destined for greatness!!” President Akufo-Addo wrote.

The 23-year-old Ghanaian entered the fight as the WBO interim champion while Magdaleno, 26, held the full title but hadn’t fought in over a year.

Dogboe found himself on the canvas in the first round but battled back to take over the fight and knock the American down in the fifth. In the championship rounds Dogboe was looking for a strong finish and he got it, knocking Magdaleno down twice in the eleventh round and forcing referee Benjy Esteves Jr to wave off the fight after the second knockdown without administering a count. The official time of the stoppage was 1:38.

Dogboe’s long-time adviser Mike Altamura, who doubles as an international consultant for MTK Global, says this is just the start of a boxing revival in Ghana.

“We’ve been gradually reviving boxing in Ghana the last few years and Isaac is the face of it. He’s the only fighter who consistently fills the arenas and stadiums in Accra,” he said.

“Now he’s won a world title, the whole of Accra, Anyako and the rest of the country will get behind him and we want to defend the world championship in his home country.

“We’re aiming to unify the division and will fight whichever champion is available. The goal is to be active – Isaac Dogboe wants to be a fighting world champion.”

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