Monday, 20 November 2017
WBO title: Ghanaian Dogboe says I'll beat Mexican Juarez in my country
The London 2012 Olympian, who boasts 17-0 with 11 KOs said he has what it takes to beat a more experienced Juarez (20-5, 15 KOs) to prove his supremacy in the class.
“This is a matter of a David and Goliath affair in the ring and I am ready for the challenge. I don't care about what Juarez camp thinks of me but I will prove my worth on the night to the people of Mexico.
“I can't miss an opportunity of this nature because I have been waiting for this throughout my career. This is the time to send a signal to the entire world about Ghana's prowess in boxing,” Dogboe, holder of the
WBO International super bantamweight title told the Graphic Sports.
Dogboe, it will be recalled, in July this year stopped Argentina Javier Chacon in round six of their 12-round bout in Accra, Ghana, to retain the WBO International super bantamweight title.
It was a strong response by Dogboe to his opponent’s camp for disrespecting the Ghanaian by describing the "Battle of the Gold Coast” as a walkover for their boxer.
The Mexican's manager, Sean Gibbons, was quoted by ESPN stating that they were concerned with judging than the fight since Juarez would be travelling to a country they had never been to.
Gibbons said his fighter was more determined than Dogboe and having gone under much stress than Dogboe, there was no way the Ghanaian could defeat him.
“So we're going to Ghana in Africa. I am not concerned about Dogboe. I think Juarez has more heart and more determination and is a better fighter. I'm more concerned with the judging than the fight and being in a country we've never been to. Dogboe is a nice fighter but he's
never been under the kind of stress Cesar Juarez will bring to the table.
“Are we happy to go to Ghana though? Not really. We'd rather have been in Fresno to fight Magdaleno like we were supposed to like we signed to do. But it didn't happen so we'll be on our way to Africa," Gibbson told ESPN.
Juarez was supposed to challenge WBO Super Bantamweight title holder, Jessie Magdaleno but the latter pulled out of the fight in early October saying he had suffered a wrist injury in training.
The WBO, however, sanctioned an interim world title bout, with Las Vegas' Magdaleno (25-0, 18 KOs) obligated to face the Juarez-Dogboe winner upon his return.
Dogboe (left) deals with Julian Aristule before he stopped the latter in round seven of their 10-round contest at Vector Arena, Auckland, New Zealand to win the WBO Latino and vacant WBO Inter-Continental super bantamweight titles in December 2016.