Boxing News Wed, 8 Aug 2018

Dogboe must be wary of Otake - Umar Mohammed

A Japan-based Ghanaian, Umar Mohammed, has advised Isaac Dogboe to be cautious when he defends his WBO super bantamweight title against Hidenori Otake, whom he described as a warrior.

Mohammed, who lives in Tokyo and has watched Otake’s fights in his native country, urged Dogboe to be wary of the Japanese in their bout at the Gila River Arena, Glendale in Arizona on August 25, because the Asian is a strong fighter with a lot of stamina.

Dogboe (19-0, 13 kos) departed to the United States of America last Monday, August 6, to finalise preparations towards his first world title defence against Otake (31-2-3, 13 kos).

In an interview with the Graphic Sports Online, Mohammed called on Dogboe to remain focused and avoid complacency ahead of the fight.

"I am based in Tokyo and I want to advise Dogboe not to underate Otake because the Japanese is a warrior with a lot of stamina.

"I love Dogboe so much and I decided to put out this advice because I have watched several fights of Otake and I know what he is capable of doing on the night," he said.


He called on Ghanaians to travel to the United States and cheer Dogboe on to victory because Japanese will be going to Arizona in their numbers to throw their weight behind Otake.

With the 37-year-old Japanese yet to win a fight outside his country, having lost his bout in the United Kingdom to Scott Quigg, Otake will be keen on making a significant impact in his second world title shot against the Ghanaian.

Otake holds an impressive record of ensuring his fights travel the full distance, especially with 17 of his professional career wins coming from points decisions ahead of his fight with Dogboe.

It is, however, unclear whether he can hold on to that record against Dogboe, especially where the Ghanaian has promised to finish off the fight through a knockout.

Source: Graphic.com.gh