Robeisy Ramirez and Isaac Dogboe are set to compete for the vacant WBO World Featherweight title on Saturday night, with the fight airing live on Sky Sports in the UK and on ESPN+ in the US. Here’s what you need to know about the upcoming match.
Robeisy Ramirez’s last bout saw him knock down Jose Matias Romero with a southpaw backhand left in the first round before following up with the same punch to stop Romero in the ninth. Dogboe’s last fight against a southpaw opponent was against Jessie Magdaleno, where he secured a career-highlight win, although he too was knocked down in the first round, like Romero. As a result, Dogboe needs to be mindful of getting caught early on and giving Ramirez a psychological advantage.
Dogboe’s last match against Joet Gonzalez was a close battle with both fighters exchanging combinations. It was tough to determine who had the upper hand, making it a highly contested match. In contrast, Ramirez might opt to use his reach advantage, although, given the importance of this fight, he may go head-to-head with Dogboe.
Robeisy Ramirez vs Isaac Dogboe
Robeisy Ramirez has great respect for Dogboe but doesn’t believe that the Accra native has faced anyone like him. During an appearance on ESPN’s ‘Blood Sweat and Tears’ program, Ramirez said, “I think he is a great boxer. I always show respect to all opponents but I don’t think he has fought boxers like me, and that’s how I read him.”
Dogboe, on the other hand, is determined to win and make an impact on his legacy while inspiring his country of Ghana. “I am fighting for the people. If I am to inspire a country, a nation, I have to do what I have to do now, in order for that to manifest into itself. I’m here to win,” said Dogboe on the same program.
By Harry Duffy