by Steve Kim
Isaac Dogboe (19-0, 13 KOs) makes the first defense of his WBO super bantamweight title later tonight from the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. Should he get past his opponent Hidenori Otake of Japan, he will look to unify the division.
Dogboe's adviser, Mike Altamura told BoxingScene.com: "Hopefully a unification with Danny Roman (WBA) or Rey Vargas (WBC). Obviously Roman has a fight with (Gavin) McDonnell coming up in October. But that would be the kind of fights we'll be chasing or something bigger. Something to motivate him, I think he'd want to come back with a defense around December.
"But ideally we'd be chasing around a unification bout. So hopefully we can make it happen with either one of them two with Top Rank."
But the question is, given the alliances that exist in boxing, are those match-ups realistic?
"That's a helluva question, I'm not sure,'' admitted Altamura, who understands the hurdles that exist in today's boxing business.
"Everyone can say that the realistic option is Isaac vs (TJ) Doheny (the IBF belt-holder), but I look after both fighters so that's definitely not going to be happening next. Doheny's got a thumb injury and also I'd rather collect the other belts before there's any discussion of them two facing each other.
"So we'll what happens but Roman's probably not [an option] considering he's with DAZN and Eddie Hearn, I believe he's got a multiple fight deal there," continued Altamura.
"Rey Vargas, you never know. If [Top Rank CEO] Bob Arum puts a decimal point in the right place, you never know."
Dogbae's, who's bout this weekend will be broadcast on ESPN, isn't long for 122.
"Probably two to three fights, absolute max," stated Altamura. "So that's why we're going to make every fight count while he has a world title in the weight class."
Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com.