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2018-05-08
TTR MONTHLY HONORS: April 2018- Fighter of the Month
Pictured: Fighter of the Month: Isaac Dogboe


Fighting in the United States for the sixth time but the first time since April 2015, Isaac Dogboe, the undefeated WBO Interim World junior featherweight champion, was a decided underdog going into his April 28 bout versus the undefeated WBO World junior featherweight champion Jessie Magdaleno.

Magdaleno, who came into the bout with a 25-0 record, was making his second defense of the title he had won from Nonito Donaire on November 5, 2016. Dogboe had improved to 18-0 when, in his previous contest, he stopped perennial contender Cesar Juarez to win the interim title.

Before turning pro, Magdaleno had an extensive amateur career in which he won the U .S. National Golden Gloves Championship and the U. S. National Championship defeating, among others, future professional world champions Randy Caballero and Rau'shee Warren.

Dogboe also had a solid amateur background having represented Ghana in the 2012 Olympics.

During a heated exchange in the first round of their bout at Temple University's Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Magdaleno dropped Dogboe, It was the first time in his career that Dogboe had been knocked down. It may have made him even more determined as he came battling back. He soon had Magdaleno in a world of trouble with the heavy shots he was landing in the exchanges.

The tide turned heavily in Dogboe's favor in the 5th round when he dropped Magdaleno hard with a big right hand, Magdaleno got up and battled on on shaky legs From this point in the bout onward, Dogboe controlled most of the action. He continued piling on the damage until he finally broke Magdaleno down with two more knockdowns in the 11th round thus ending Magdaleno's reign as the WBO champ.

Dogboe's tremendous effort places him among the best of the best currently campaigning at 122 pounds and makes him the eighth (or ninth if you include Floyd Robertson) Ghanaian to win a world title, the others being David Kotey, Hall of Famer Azumah Nelson, Nana Konadu, Ike Quartey, Alfred Kotey, Joseph Agbeko, and Joshua Clottey. (Robertson was recognized by the Ghanaian Commission a the World featherweight champion in the mid-60s.)

His stunning upset win also results in Dogboe edging out our Honorable Mention for Fighter of the Month!

Honorable Mention: Jarrett Hurd

We'd be remiss if we neglected to mention Jarrett Hurd, the runner-up to Dogboe by the narrowest of margins, The vote was 8 to 7. Hurd, however, was a winner in another of TTR's monthly honors. His tremendous victory over Erislandy Lara was chosen as the Fight of the Month.
 
Article By: Bobby Davis (with Ken Pollitt contributing)