Boxing sensation Isaac Dogboe was given a rude shock of his life when he was handed a humiliating defeat by Emmanual Navarrete, in the second defence of his World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Super Batamweight title at the Madison Square Garden, United States of America (USA), Sunday.
It was Dogboe’s first defeat in the professional ranks, as the huge Navarrete, who has a huge height and reach advantage, landed some clean hard body punches, that visibly hurt Dogboe.
The Ghanaian, was then compelled to move backwards in the ring, which was never his modus operandi.
At the end, all the three judges scored 115-113, 116-112 and 116-112, in favour of the Mexican, ending the eight month reign of Dogboe.
The GNA Sports takes a critical look at the factors, that possibly caused the defeat of promising Dogboe, who many thought would reign for long and step into the shoes of legendary Azumah Nelson.
Inadequate preparations; Dogboe, admitted right after the fight that, he was not well prepared for the fight and it affected his output. This was evident in his approach, right from his attacks, defence and the facial damage suffered at the hands of the Mexican. Inadequate preparations could also be attributed to the decision of the boxer, to go back to school after the Otake defeat.
Dogboe, now a University student, would definitely have it difficult combining classroom work, conducting research, with the physical pressures of training each day to keep shape. May be Dogboe had to defer the course and concentrate on boxing at least for now, since he has age on his side.
He also admitted that, they underrated the Mexican, who had never fought in the USA, but was never perturbed by the environment. Statistics indicate that, Navarrete landed 221 of 804 total punches (27.5%), while Dogboe landed 176 of 686 total punches (25.7%).
We hope next time he prepares well.