WBO Super bantamweight champion Isaac Dogboe says he will not underestimate his Japanese opponent Hidenori Otake as the two face off on Saturday, August 25, 2018 in the United States.
This will be the first title defence for Isaac Dogboe since his win over American Jessie Magdaleno which enabled him to claim the WBO belt earlier this year.
Dogboe thus became the youngest ever World champion and the 25-year old insist he is very much aware of the threat 37-year old Otake posses.
“Otake is very strong, physically strong. He has a great record. You can’t underestimate Otake. We’re not underestimating him at all.
He’s someone we have our eyes on, and we’re making sure, come Saturday, we are going to take him out.
“He is a good pressure fighter and a strong fighter. I’m going to use his pressure and his power against him.
“Japanese boxers have been fighting very well recently, and I am looking to do the same. It’s great for Japanese boxing when we come to America and do very well,” he told Top Rank Promotions.
The bout has been lacking the usual trash talking synonymous with most boxing bouts at this level, and Dogboe was quick to explain the reason.
“Otake is a gentleman. He’s so humble, and when two humble warriors come together, it’s mutual respect. And that’s how we’re taking it.”
The bout will take place on August 26, with the ring-walk expected to be around 2 am Ghana time.