isaac dogboe hoping to change boxing’s image in ghana

16:00    16 Aug 2018

WBO super bantamweight champion Isaac Dogboe says he is hoping to change the image of boxing in Ghana, the country of his birth.

The 23-year-old, who was born in Accra but moved to London as a young boy, hails from a royal blood line in Ghana, making his success in the brutal sport a very unusual story.

The West African country has produced world-class fighters such as Azumah Nelson and Nana Yaw Konadu in the past, but generally boxing is considered a sport for the poor and uneducated.

This is something Dogboe hopes to change: “In Ghana boxing is regarded as a sport that is only really for people who have dropped out of school or been in trouble,” he told The Sun.

“Everyone in Ghana wants their child to be a doctor, professor, a lawyer or a banker.

“That is one of the things I want to change in Ghana, the way boxing is seen. There are doctors and lawyers who love boxing too."

Dogboe also explained the difficulties behind adapting to life in Britain.

“I was around eight when I moved over here but my dad was already here and I was just coming to join him.

“Ghana to London to Kennington was a shock, I came in September and it was chilly. I had the heating on full blast all the time but going out was cold but I managed to adapt very quickly.

“At some points school was easy but it was tough at the beginning.

“Early on I got in a fight and I went home to my father and he told me off, he told me to walk away and tell the teacher.

“I went back and the next incident was a group of guys who wanted to fight me because I was African. They pushed me in a circle with another guy and just made us fight.

“It was mad, it was totally mad. The guy just started swinging and I was just trying to block and shield myself. I went home with black and bloodshot eyes and my father asked what happened.

“I told him I got beat up but that was the last one I had and I have never been beaten up since.”

Dogboe is set to defend his WBO title against Japanese fighter Hidenori Otake in Glendale, Arizona next weekend.

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