Dogboe out for redemption after Navarette rematch is confirmed
Saturday 6th April 2019
The 'Royal Storm' will be brewing this time around as Isaac Dogboe (20-1, 14 KOs) looks for revenge against arch-nemesis and WBO super-bantamweight titleholder Emanuel Navarette (26-1, 22 KOs)
The Mexican was on the right end of a unanimous points decision at the Madison Square Garden Theater in New York, the first time Navarette had boxed outside his native country and returns to the Tucson Convention Center in Tucson, Arizona, on May 11 to defend his title.
In light of that victory, Navarette has booked himself another date on a major platform, with the main event featured attraction, a rematch between Miguel Berchelt (35-1, 31 KOs) and Francisco Vargas (25-1-2) for the WBC 118lb crown, live on ESPN.
Both eagerly anticipated in their own respect, Dogboe understands the task in front of him, a hungrier Navarette to retain his title and show that it wasn't just a bluff first time around, in what could prove to be the fight of the night.
The opening round saw Navarette impose his superior height and reach advantage, while Dogboe pressed the action with the shorter, stockier frame and was making the 24-year-old fall in short when attempting to throw the longer shots.
Navarette was forced onto the back foot and trying to establish his jab made Dogboe aware of his presence in the ring. The underdog was already walking Dogboe down and trying to land big heavy shots as the second round closed out.
Navarette got the better of the exchanges in that round and while Dogboe regained his balance, feeling the pressure coming at him, didn't want to engage with the taller fighter straight away, early on in the fight.
Into the third, Dogboe had more of an effect with his jab, throwing it straight through Navarette's high guard, not leaving himself too exposed to the counter.
Using good lateral movement from the hips, Dogboe held the centre of the ring and began to exploit openings in Navarette's defence.
Round 4 and Navarette was still getting caught up on the inside as Dogboe began to target the body.
Dogboe was also marked up just underneath his right eye but still came forward unnervingly and under no threat of the reddening worsening.
Navarette was having to punch down leaving the fifth round more untidy than the previous four and Dogboe dropping low meant Navarette would continuously push the Ghanaian born fighter back and overpower him.
Fifty-three seconds left in the round, Navarette shoved Dogboe to the canvas highlighting an element of bullish tactics, part of the game-plan to deter the previously unbeaten Dogboe from settling into the fight.
Dogboe would then tie Navaratte up forcing the referee to intervene and to Dogboe's relief, having been clipped with a short left hook earlier in the round had time to gather his bearings and go again in the middle round stages.
Navarette's volume and selection of shot improved massively in the sixth round and this time it was Dogboe swinging widely in what was shaping up to be a close-to-call affair entering into the championship rounds.
Dogboe was not rushing his work and still worked the jab up and down (body and head) but hadn't the same ferocity and pressure shown by Navarette in this particular round, probably limiting the ringside judgement in terms of work rate.
Saying that Dogboe was a lot more aggressive in the eight and felt he could capitalise on chinks in Navarette's defence and when their feet got tangled at the start of the round, gave Dogboe momentum to claw back a marginal deficit in the scoring, it would be assumed.
Using his feints and upper body movement, Dogboe was trying to lure Navarette in close to catch him with a sharp combination around the outside of the guard and give Navarette something to work off to prevent Dogboe having further success.
Navarette complained to the referee about a blow to the back of the head in the middle of Round 9 but wasn't going to stop Dogboe coming forward and making things uncomfortable to the 'away' fighter, it could be argued.
Dogboe missed with a wild overhand right after dodging Navarette's left swing and both men were trying to expose gaping holes in one another's defence to catch the eyes of the judge's at ringside.
Heading into round 10, the doctors were called into action with both of Dogboe's eyes tested to ensure he had full vision to continue on in the fight.
Whether Dogboe's heart and resilience were slowly breaking down, he did himself justice, weathering the storm and live up to his tough African upbringing and roots.
Navarette remained disciplined, kept his shape and started to be more cute with his work, catching Dogboe as he clumsily fell in and leave his left side open to counters.
Contrarily, Dogboe was losing his composure and a slip in the same round most likely gave Navarette confidence that he could close out the fight and come away victorious.
Navarette finished the tenth round strong and the impact of his shots started to take its toll on a broken Dogboe who was doing his best to evade the power punches on the ropes.
Into the eleventh, Dogboe was forced to hold and hadn't the same burst of energy we saw in the opening exchanges leading onto the middle rounds.
The state of Dogboe's face was worsening by the second and to his credit, managed to stay away from any more concussive, swelling punches.
Unfortunately for Dogboe, he'd lost his senses going into the final round and couldn't manage to regroup in which Navarette finished strong and continued that frantic pace throughout.
Compobox stats showed that the total number of punches landed by Navarette totalled 221 out of 804 in comparison to Dogboe's 176 landed from 686.
Equally, Navarette landed slightly more jabs and power punches over the twelve round distance and done enough on all three judges scorecards, reading 115-113 and 116-112 x2.
The challenger, Navarette, crashed to his knees in adulation after Jimmy Lennon Jr. declared him the winner and the new super-bantamweight champion of the world.
For Dogboe, it was about reacting to his first defeat as a professional and going back to the drawing board, to reassess his plans to come again in pursuit of another world title shot.
This time around, Dogboe is the challenger and more determined than ever to win his title back as he starts to prepare for the toughest fight of his life- the target of becoming 2-time world champion.
The Accra born, London resident will have to put aspirations and unification fights with Daniel Roman on hold as he's tied up with a clash against IBF titleholder, TJ Doheny.
The 122lb division is booming like never before and the winner of Navarette-Dogboe II can certainly have one firm eye on the winner of the above clash.