By Victor Salazar
Philadelphia, PA - Isaac Dogboe (19-0, 13 KOs) scored an upset victory this past weekend over Jessie Magdaleno (25-1, 18 KOs).
Although he was a 2 to 1 and in some places 3 to 1 betting underdog, Dogboe recovered from a first round knockdown to drop Magdaleno once in the fifth round and twice in the 11th to earn a stoppage victory. With that victory he became the WBO junior featherweight champion.
The contest headlined an ESPN televised event.
After the contest was over, promoter Bob Arum was impressed with both of his fighters.
“We’re the promoter of Dogboe,” Arum told BoxingScene.com.
“It was a hell of a fight. The kid was every bit of good of when I first saw him in New Zealand. I thought he was good from before when he knocked out this Mexican fighter Juarez. He proved that he was the goods. I thought in the first round when Jessie knocked him down, I thought 'sh*t, here’s a guy that came under false pretenses and is going to get knocked out.' But he came back and was winning the fight before the stoppage.”
Arum also felt that making weight for Vargas wasn’t an issue but that Dogboe was the better man this past Saturday.
“Jessie said that,” stated Arum. “He said it wasn’t the fight weight. He didn’t feel week or anything like that. He was just the better fighter.”
After the contest was over, both of the boxers embraced and shared words in what was a completely different scenario transpired in Brooklyn two weeks ago, when Adrien Broner went on a verbal rampage following his twelve round draw with Jessie Vargas.
“You saw what happened in the ring when Showtime showed the disgraceful display by Broner,” said Arum. “Now look at the display shown here and I don’t take credit for it, the credit goes to the fighters. Look how they talk to each other. Jessie wished him all the best. Everything was the height of sportsmanship”
As for what’s next for Dogboe, Arum said they will find a fight for the new champion.
“We’ll find him a fight. We'll get some 118 guys coming up. He’s sort of a little guy so I don’t know how well he would do at 126. But he’s going to be a good attraction because he’s an action fighter.”