Ghana’s Isaac Dogbe defeated his Mexican opponent Cesar “Corazon” Juarez with a fifth-round knockout in an enthralling contest at the Bukom Boxing Arena in Accra
Dogbe(18-0, 12 KOs) floored Juarez (25-6, 15 KOs) with a brutal left-hook, right-hand combination in the fifth in the Saturday night’s clash, a feat that has set the stage for him to fight the WBO super bantamweight champion Jessie Magdaleno.
Juarez, ranked at number one had promised prior to the contest that he would push for a knockout victory based on the face that he was “fighting in Dogbe’s backyard”.
But he was met with some fears punches from the 23 year-old Ghanaian,who maintains his undefeated status to 18.
Dogbe, who had earlier tagged the bout as a “matter of a David and Goliath affair in the ring” decked Juarez in the second round and began to punish him with hard shots.
Juarez did his best to rally for the next two rounds, but Dogboe proved to be too much – as he scored another hard knockdown in the fifth and this time referee Tony Weeks had seen enough and waved off the fight, with Juarez in no shape to continue.
Juarez was previously scheduled to fight WBO super bantamweight champion Jessie Magdaleno, but the champion withdrew with a wrist injury.
The Mexican boxer’s team petitioned the WBO, who ordered a mandatory fight with Dogbe for the WBO-interim championship. Magdaleno is now under order to make a mandatory defense against Dogbe.
After the contest was over, Dogbe, who is currently ranked 10th in the World Super Bantamweight division, was interviewed by local reporters and he directly threw the gauntlet down to Magdaleno.
Jessie Magdelano I’m coming for you baby. I know you are going to run,” Dogbe said.
Magdaleno is scheduled to return to the ring on March 10th, as part of an ESPN televised card which is going to featured Oscar Valdez in the main event with a defense of his WBO featherweight crown against Scott Quigg.
The camp of Dogbe will have to wait to see if there is enough time to make the Magdaleno vs. Dogbe contest for that date, which is a little more than two months away.