WBO Africa featherweight titlist, Isaac “Royal Storm” Dogboe (14-0, 9 KO’s) will meet WBO Oriental featherweight champion Neil John Tabanao (13-1, 9 KO’s) from the Philippines on August 26 at the Police Officer’s Social and Fitness Centre in Accra.
The upcoming match-up, promoted by Aborigines Beach Resort Promotions in collaboration with the Rising Stars Africa Promotions, has been dubbed as “Africa vs. Asia.”
“We were mandated by the WBO to face Tabanao and after that fight, we will fight two more eliminator fights, but our focus is to take the fight one after the other,” Dogboe’s father and trainer, Paul Dogboe has told Bukomboxingnews.com.
“From day one, we have set a mission, and that is to win the world title, and we are on course for that.
“Boxing is all about determination and discipline, and Isaac has that. Isaac is always in the gym, and he is ready for the August showdown because it is a must-win fight.”
Concerning a scheduled fight between Isaac Dogboe and Sergio Puente on August 5 in California, Paul Dogboe stated, “That fight is off.
“We were billed to fight Eden Sonsona on that date but, like I said, the WBO mandated us to face Tabanao. So, that scheduled fight with Puente must be changed and we are working on that.
Dogboe defended his title last month, stopping Uganda’s Edward “The Chain Man” Kakembo in R6 at the Accra Sports Stadium.
Tabanao is also coming off a victory, KO’ing Australia’s Ibrahim Balla in R3 to win the vacant WBO Oriental featherweight title last month at the Bendigo Stadium in Victoria, Australia.
EDITED FROM: ghanaweb.com