Tucson Boxing

The Real Deal: Navarrete Performace at TCC Proves MSG was not a Fluke

When Emanuel Navarrete (27-1, 23 KOs) come out of nowhere to outclass and dominate Issac Dogboe (20-2, 14 KOs) at Madison Square Garden for the WBO Super Bantamweight title back in December, the boxing world collectively raised their eyebrows.

Earlier in 2018 Dogboe himself had burst on to the scene and shot straight to the top of the division. Impressing boxing aficionados and even casual fans alike. Losing to Navarrete in December, in front of a packed MSG crowd, with a title on the line, was not in anyone’s tea leafs.

Navarrete made his way from Mexico City to New York and was not one bit intimidated. From start to finish, Navarrete gave Dogboe an embarassing boxing lesson and flew out of NYC with the WBO belt around his waist.

Taking Navarrete for granted, looking past him and other excuses and explanations were what Dogboe used to describe the reasons for the poor showing back in December.

The thrashing he received at the Tucson Convention Center on Saturday night also brought out another set of excuses after he received the pummeling of his life and was thoroughly embarassed for the better part of 12 rounds.

“Making super bantamweight is getting too difficult. My next fight, I will be moving up to {featherweight}. I will be much more comfortable there,” explained Dogboe during a post fight interview in the same breath he used to praise Navarrete.

“It’s not over until the final bell. Hats off to Navarrete. He did a great job. All the credit to Navarrete. I thank him for giving me the opportunity to regain my title. It just didn’t go my way tonight. I will be back at featherweight in a big way,” Dogboe said before leaving the ring.

I asked ESPN boxing analyst Timothy Bradley of his take of the bout, “It should have been stopped a long time ago. That was a woodshedding.”

Navarrete proved to have Dogboe’s number and from the very first round until Dogboe’s corner threw in a towel into the middle of the ring. Dogboe’s corner deciding to wait all until two minutes and two seconds into the 12th round made many sitting ringside scratch their heads. Dogboe was being thrashed. It was such a drubbing that most in the arena were groaning for it to be called to a stop.

To Dogboe’s credit, he could have been knocked down many times but somehow managed to keep his feet. A few times Dogboe had the ropes to thank or the closing bell of a round. He was prepared to go out on his shield.

Navarrete gave Dogboe credit before leaving the ring in the middle of the TCC arena:

“It really surprised me that he took so many hard shots, but at the same time, he continued to throw strong punches. I want to thank Dogboe because he gave me the opportunity to become a world champion, and now in this second fight, he gave me the opportunity to demonstrate that my first triumph wasn’t by accident and that there is a reason why I have the title. And to all the fighters at 122 pounds, I tell them that if they want my title, then they can come and try and take it. ‘El Vaquero’ is here!”

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WBO Super Bantamweight Title

Dogboe comes out wearing a zarape and sombrero. A nod to the Old Pueblo. Navarrete raised the collective eyebrows of the boxing world at Madison Square Garden

Issac Dogboe (20-1, 14 KOs) vs Emanuel Navarrete (26-1, 22 KOs)

Rnd 1: Chants of Mexico and Neho ring out as the round gets started. Navarrete trips and the fight is called to a stop to wipe his gloves. Both fighters were aggressive in the opening round. Dogboe is looking establish aggression and dictate the pace of the fight.

Rnd 2: Dogboe is blocking everything. Walking Navarrete down. This is a different Dogboe than what we saw at Madison Square Garden. Navarrete hurts Dogboe with right hooks and upper cuts. Dogboe looks hurt. Navarrete is landing cleanly. Round ends with Dogboe reeling. Round to Navarrete.

Rnd3: A mouse has developed under Dogboe’s right eye. Navarrete is able to land devastating punches from close range even with having the reach and height advantage. Navarrete is imposing his will. Dogboe stumbles backward across the length of the ring as the bell sounds. Dogboe’s legs look gone.

Rnd 4: Devastating right lands for Navarrete. Dogboe is fighting for his life now. Navarrete is spending the entire round walking down. Dogboe goes down. The referee calls it a slip and wipes off Dogboe’s gloves. Dogboe is reeling at the end of this round.

Rnd 6: Dogboe goes down and is trying desparately not to have an end called to this. Dogboe is counted to 8 and escapes the round. He’s in serious danger of having this one called.

Rnd 7: Navarrete has NOT let up. Dogboe is fighting back. Give him credit. He’s finding a way to stay in this.

Rnd 8: Dogboe is still desperately trying to find a way to get Navarrete from off of him. Navarrete continues to walk him down. Dogboe is sent stumbling again to end the round. It’ll take a miracle KO for the Ghanaian to come out of Tucson with the title.

Rnd 9: Navarrete landing power punches at will. Dogboe still on his feet. Navarrete is looking to end this. Staying relentlessly on top of Dogboe. Dogboe is saved by the ropes. Nearly goes down again.

Rnd 10: Navarrete continues stalking Dogboe. Dogboe swings wildly. The crowd continues to chant for Navarrete. Dogboe can’t get away from the pressure being put on him. Power shots are landing on his face at every turn.

Rnd 11: Dogboe’s right eye is nearly swollen shut. Jabs are landing flush to Dogboe’s face. Dogboe is increasingly having a harder time avoiding and slipping punches. Dogboe is in constant retreat and any punches he tries landing are superficial.

Rnd 12: Dogboe refuses to touch gloves to start the 12th. Dogboe is swinging desperately. Nothing is landing for the former champ from Ghana. Dogboe goes down and his corner throws in the towel.

Navarrete improves to 27-1, 23KOs and retains his title.

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