Isaac Dogboe has won Ghana’s eighth World title after stopping American Jessie Magdaleno to win the WBO World super bantamweight belt.
The 23-year-old, by doing so becomes the nation’s youngest ever world champion, surpassing the feat of Ike Quartey who did it at age 25.
In a fight that both boxers were unafraid of giving punches. The Ghanaian won by TKO in eleven rounds.
Dogboe got back in the fight during the second round, when he connected with several hard punches in the final minute to the head and body. Things continued to heat up in the third, with Dogboe evening things up where he was able to better time his punches on Magdaleno. The champion came roaring back with hard shots of his own.
Round 5 was certainly the round that changed the course of the bout for Dogboe. He had his man on the ropes for large portions of the round, punishing him repeatedly with agonizing body shots, before eventually knocking Magdaleno down, only for the American to beat the count.
Magdaleno came out swinging at the start of the seventh round and seemed to be getting a second wind. Dogboe started firing back himself, in the middle of the round. And then he really tagged up Magdanelo in the final minute with big shots to the head and body.
The action was more calculated in the eight, with both looking for their openings. More of the same in the ninth round, where neither really made a dent. Dogboe began to pick up his work rate at the start of the tenth. Dogboe clipped him with a big combination of punches and then started pounding on Magdaleno against the ropes to the head and body.
Dogboe was pressing at the start of the eleventh, and as he was unloading Magdaleno went down for the second time from a body shot. He got to his feet but was still out of it. Dogboe unloaded with some more punches to send Magdaleno down for the third time in the contest and the fight was waved off by the referee.