Azumah Nelson Back Isaac Dogboe To Reclaim WBO Title
Isaac Dogboe lose WBO title to Emmanuel Navarrete
Three-time world boxing champion, Azumah Nelson is optimistic Isaac Dogboe has the qualities to reclaim his WBO Super Bantamweight title belt he lost earlier this month.
Dogboe, 24, Ghana’s 8th World title holder lost his WBO Super Bantamweight title best to Mexican Emmanuel Navarrete in his second title defense to the dismay of Ghanaians.
And Azumah, who assumed legendary status in Ghana and globally when he dominated the super featherweight division as a champion for 10 years and was subsequently inducted as the first African into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in the year 2004, is confident Dogboe can return to his best.
“For losing, everybody can lose,” Azumah began in an interview with Kwesé Free Sports.
“What is more important how to recover. I have lost before but I came back and became champion again. If you lose, it is not the end of the road.” He added.
Isaac and Paul attributed the 115-113,116-112,116-112 scorecard all in favour of Navarrete to underrating the opponent, Emmanuel Navarrate.
“We underrated him, I did not have the best of training camps ahead of the fight,” Dogboe reavealed after the fight.
His father cum trainer, reiterated his son’s post bout comments, saying: “You could see in most of the rounds that Isaac’s legs were gone because he wasn’t fully fit.
“Mistakes were done which we paid the price. We underestimated Emmanuel Navarette. I wouldn’t say we prepared like how we used to prepare because we were having a lot of visitation.”
Azumah warned that you don’t go to the ring complacent.
“You don’t go to a fight ill prepared,” he continued “You don’t go into a fight thinking your opponent is not as good as you are. You must always give your all in training so that if the fight is an easy fight, you knock the person out and be free.”
“What happened has happened. All he has to do is to come back, sit down and watch the fight and see his mistakes and go back again.
“I know he is mentally strong. He is very strong boy who will recover and win again. In his division, I think he is the best and will reclaim the title very soon.”