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Isaac Dogboe’s trainer explains why his boxer lost against Navarrete

Paul Dogboe has disclosed that his boxer was not well conditioned in his title defence on Saturday.

Isaac Dogboe’s trainer explains why his boxer lost against Navarrete

The 23-year-old Ghanaian boxer lost to Mexico's Emanuel Navarrete by unanimous decision in his (WBO) super bantamweight title defence at the Madison Square Garden in New York last Saturday.

Isaac Dogboe in an uncharacteristic fashion was dominated by Navarrete and received several punches on his face.

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Dogboe said after the bout that he underrated his opponent and he also blamed his corner for first loss as a boxer.

Paul Dogboe, father of Isaac Dogboe who happens to be his trainer as well has indicated that the latter didn’t get the best of preparation prior to his title defence, as he rendered an apology to Ghanaians for the loss.

"I want to take this opportunity to apologise to the entire nation for letting them down. I think we underrated him [Navarrete] and paid the price for it.

"We learnt our lessons because we wanted to take him out in five rounds but our game plan failed. The fact is that we didn't really prepare well like we do ahead of every fight and it affected him,” he said.

Paul admitted that the UK-based boxer was not in the best of physical conditioning as some programmes he had to attend in Ghana, including the royal visit by the Prince of Wales and the Dutchess of Cornwall, as well as the Hogbetsotso Festival became distractions that disrupted his preparation for the fight.

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"You could see in most of the rounds that Isaac's legs were gone and it was up to fitness but we are keen on coming back stronger."

The loss was an anticlimax to an amazing run by Dogboe this year, after winning the WBO Interim super bantamweight title in Accra on January 6 and followed it up by snatching the world title four months later with an 11th round TKO victory over Mexican Jessie Magdaleno. In August, he made his first title defence with a first round TKO victory against Japan’s Hidenori Otakehe title fight at the Madison Square Garden in New York last Saturday.

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