By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
Tucson, Arizona (May 10th, 2019)– This Saturday night on USA ESPN at the Convention Center in Tucson, Arizona, Isaac ‘Royal Storm’ Dogboe is predicted to regain his World Boxing Organization World Super Bantamweight title by knockout over Emanuel Navarette on Bob Arum’s Top Rank show.
Give that Dogboe a bone. Navarette will be that Bone the second time around.
Dogboe, 20-1 with 14 knockouts, London, United Kingdom, by way of Accra, Ghana, lost his title by 12 round unanimous decision last December 2018 at Madison Square Garden to Navarette, 26-1 with 22 knockouts, Mexico City, Mexico. Navarette had no titles before the WBO, while Dogboe enters his 12 regional and world title bout, eleven of them WBO related. He has also held the West African Boxing Union Featherweight title, the WBO Africa, Oriental, International and World titles, as well as the World Boxing Council Youth Silver Super Bantamweight title. Dogboe has a pedigree, and titular experience, while Navarette is one of those Mexicans with vast amateur experience before turning pro.
Perhaps Dogboe, a 2012 Olympian in London at 56 kilograms, is the best fighter to come out of Ghana since former champion Azumah Nelson dominated the lower weight classes from featherweight to lightweight decades ago. Which fighter, Dogboe or Navarette, takes the other to school and gives him an education as to who is the best fighter in the super bantamweight weight class could be a tossup, to be determined over which fighter is perhaps the hungrier one. Legally, Navarette may have had to give Dogboe the contractual rematch. Different fights, though, often yield different outcomes. This may or not be the case in Tucson. Navarrette and Dogboe both Jab well. One will outwork the other and have superior game plan. Dogboe is a thinking fighter. He will thinking knockout or stoppage, and will not be looking for a decision fighting in Arizona, so close to Navarette’s Mexico.
Merida, Mexico’s Miguel Berchelt, 25-1 with 31 knockouts, is predicted to retain his World Boxing Council World Super Featherweight title by unanimous decision over game challenger Francisco Vargas, who he knocked out in the eleventh round in January 2017 to win this title. Vargas, 25-1-2 with 18 knockouts, Mexico City, Mexico, has two comeback wins since then and is attempting to regain his title. This will be the eighth NABF, WBO Inter-Continental and WBO world title bout for the experienced Vargas. Knockdowns either way could affect the scoring in what should be a considerable technical war.
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