Isaac Dogbe defeated Jessie Magdaleno to clinch the WBO super bantamweight title and became Ghana’s youngest ever boxing world champion.
Dogbe stopped the undefeated Magdaleno in the 11th round in Philadelphia to win the bout.
Ghana’s Sports Minister Isaac Kwame Asiamah on Monday congratulated the young boxer. “Your victory came as no surprise to us because of your focus, determination and dedication to a righteous course. Your confidence gives you strength in style,” Asiamah said in a statement praising the boxer on behalf of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
“Having become the youngest world champion in our rich boxing history, you, just like your predecessors, are indeed a role model to the youth of Ghana,” he said, adding that he hopes Dogbe would not rest until he establishes himself as one of the best in the boxing world.
Former world champion Azumah Nelson has praised Dogbe for demonstrating bravery, determination and resilience against Magdaleno.
He said the real challenge starts from today as the young boxer has become the target of all boxers seeking this belt.
“Ghanaians are proud of him so he must work harder to make them happy,” Nelson said in a release.
Dogbe is Ghana’s youngest world boxing champion at age of 23, beating the record previously held by Ike Quartey who won the WBA world welterweight title at the age of 24.