Dogboe confident at final press conference: I’m always ready

By David Finger

Isaac Dogboe and Javier Chacon took part in a final press conference on Friday at the Kempinski Hotel, Gold Coast City, Accra, Ghana before today’s fight at the Bukom Boxing Arena in Accra. Both fighters were respectful but confident as they talked about the upcoming clash.

When asked if he was ready for the fight Isaac Dogboe electrified the crowd with a forceful response. “(I’m the) warrior of Africa! I am always ready!”

Dogboe recognized he was facing off against a world class opponent in Chacon, brother of former WBO featherweight champion Juan Pablo Chacon. Javier Chacon has twice fought for a WBA world title and has won five in a row. But Dogboe nonetheless remained supremely confident and even directed a message to Chacon at the press conference.

“I want him to understand I possess a God-given strength and wisdom. I’m going to discipline a real warrior. He’s not in my league. Everything he brings, I have an antidote for.”

Chacon was respectful but also promised a victory.

“I’m here to win,” Chacon told the international media present. “I have been injured for awhile but I’m fit now and my focus is to win this fight.”

“I feel right now Isaac, he’ maturing into a real top class fighter,” matchmaker Mike Altamura added. “This is the last roadblock (to a world title fight).”

Altamura then suggested that the billing of the fight, “The Battle to Vegas”, might be renamed if Isaac performance exceeds expectation.

“If possible, let’s make it the Battle of Accra and bring the world title to Ghana.”

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Former Ghanian President meets with boxers

By David Finger

Former Ghanaian president Jerry Rawlings, who remains one of the most popular former heads of state on the African continent, met with both Isaac Dogboe and Javier Chacon on Friday afternoon ahead of their WBO international bantamweight title fight on Saturday, July 22.

Rawlings, a noted boxing enthusiast, listened intently as referee Tony Weeks spoke about the honor of officiating a fight in Ghana. Weeks then presented President Rawlings with a small pair of boxing gloves and a copy of a seminar he had done for officials. 

But the former President, although gracious, did admit he was rooting for the local boy. When Isaac promised a victory on Saturday, the former President laughed and said “I hope so.”

Rawlings, who was a strong supporter of Ghana’s boxing program during his tenure as president, is widely regarded as the father of democracy in Ghana. Rawlings had initially taken power in a coup in 1979 and eventually was elected president in 1992. After having served two terms as president, and constitutionally barred from seeking a third term, Rawlings refused to allow his supporters to push for a constitutional amendment that would allow him to remain in power. He then willingly handed over power to a member of the opposition party (who defeated his Vice President) in 2001, a moment that was widely seen as the emergence of Ghana as a leader of the democratic movement in West Africa.

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