Isaac Dogboe Stops Hidenori Otake in the First Round
By Hector Franco | Senior Writer and Editor
Published: August 25, 2018
GLENDALE, ARIZONA – At the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona Ghana’s Isaac Dogboe (20-0, 14 KOs) made the first defense of his WBO super bantamweight (122) championship. Dogboe faced Japan’s Hidenori Otake (31-2-3, 14 KOs) who was making his United States debut and fighting for only the second time outside of his native Japan. The Ghanaian fighter at 23 years of age is fourteen years younger than the 37-year-old Otake and also had an advantage in punching power.
The two men had no feeling out period in the first round and immediately went to work fighting on the inside trading punches. Dogboe began landing body punches and uppercuts on the inside that halted Otake’s forward momentum. The Ghanaian then threw a left hook from the outside that put the Japanese fighter on the canvas. Otake beat the ten-count but was still on unsteady legs. Dogboe then pounced on Otake knocking him with a right hand to the temple.
Otake once again rose from the canvas, however, every left hook that Dogboe landed stunned him leaving him reeling around the ring. Another left hook landed that hurt the Japanese fighter forcing the referee to wave off the bout. The fight was stopped at the 2:18 mark of the first round.
The victory over Otake was the eleventh stoppage in Dogboe’s last thirteen fights. Dogboe will now look to step in the ring with some of the other champions in the 122-pound division. At just 23 years old Dogboe would be even money and even the favorite with many should he face WBC 122-pound champion Rey Vargas or WBA 122-pound champion Daniel Roman.
Dogboe is a fighter that has a certain charisma about him that can transcend the sport of boxing. With his style and personality, fans could be looking at one of boxing’s next superstars.
(Featured Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank)