Emmanuel “Gameboy” Tagoe of Ghana says he plans to make a statement versus dangerous veteran Mason Menard when they square off this Friday, November 27 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
The bout, scheduled for 10 rounds, is part of a DAZN card headlined by former world champion Daniel Jacobs facing Gabriel Rosado in super middleweight action.
Tagoe, 31, 31-1 (15 KOs), who is ranked fifth at lightweight by the WBO, hopes a win over the 32-year-old Menard (36-4, 25 KOs) will land him closer to the world title shot he’s been chasing for the past year.
“I want to thank my team, my coach watches my opponents, not me, I don’t waste my time,” said Tagoe during Wednesday’s final press conference. “My coach teaches me everything. People don’t know me yet, but after this fight, everyone will know me.
“I lost my first fight, but I was not a boxer then. I didn’t have any amateur fights; I just went straight into being a professional. I think I am better than a lot of guys at 135lbs, god gave me boxing, and I know I can beat everyone in the division.”