By Doreen Awonlie Ayilimba / Simon Asare, GNA
Accra, April 30, GNA - Joshua ‘The Hitter’ Clottey, former International Boxing Federation (IBF) Welterweight champion, has said, Isaac “Royal Storm” Dogboe could rise up to become one of Ghana’s greatest boxer considering his early rise.
Dogboe, (19-0,13 KO’s) last Saturday, became the youngest Ghanaian world champion at age 23, when he handed Mexico’s Jessie Magdaleno (26-1, 18KO’s), a round 11 knock-out, to annex the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Super Bantamweight title in a thrilling and fascinating bout at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, USA.
Clottey, in an interview with GNA Sports, said “this is just the beginning of what Dogboe has to offer Ghana’s boxing and has certainly proved his critics wrong with his exceptional style of boxing, which reflects his determination to become a world champion.
“Dogboe is the new king and am sure the he has done a very good job and I think he had all the achievements because of his father.
‘’He and his father have one goal, which is to become a world champion, so they have been working towards it for a very long time and now he has really achieved it and they need an applause for that,’’ Clottey noted.
Clottey lauded the significant role played by Dogboe’s father, Paul Dogboe, who has been a source of inspiration and guidance for the young boxer.
‘’I would not be surprised if he rises up to be one of Ghana’s greatest, because his father is always behind him giving him support.
‘’For instance the late dancehall artist Ebony Reigns had her father supporting her career, which made her successful and I think they are the first Ghanaian father and son in boxing,’’ Clottey stated.
Clottey, himself would mount the ring again in September as he eyes a return to glory considering his illustrious boxing career.