Newly-crowned WBO world super bantamweight champion Isaac Dogboe enthralled all with his title-winning, eleventh-round TKO of previously-undefeated Jessie Magdaleno. Hours after the victor, Nana Addo Dakwa Akufo-Addo, Ghana’s president, tweeted the following:
Congratulations to Isaac Dogboe on becoming WBO Junior Featherweight Champion, and, in so doing, Ghana’s youngest-ever boxing world champion. We are proud of him, and I am confident that he is destined for greatness. pic.twitter.com/EohtWWZJyH
— Nana Akufo-Addo (@NAkufoAddo) April 29, 2018
The nation’s leader wasn’t the only one. International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee & Ghana legend Azumah Nelson chimed in.
“I watched with the excitement and pride how you demonstrated bravery, determination and resilience against an undefeated champion Jessie Magdaleno in his country and more importantly not to allow the judges to decide the outcome of the bout letting you ferocious fists to decide.
“That has always been my philosophy which I have shared with you, that is, going into the ring with your own judges and referee.”
And former Ghana president Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings, himself a long-time supporter of Dogboe since the early stages of his career, also tweeted the following:
Congrats champion Isaac Dogboe. Hard work and perseverance leads to success. You've made Ghana proud. You have to sustain that hunger in order to emulate the greatest, Azumah Nelson! #dogboeworldchampion pic.twitter.com/lPAuTDXUXC
— Jerry John Rawlings (@officeofJJR) April 29, 2018
Indeed, Dogboe’s win has lifted the spirits of the nation. The champion will arrive at Kotoka International Airport on Tuesday morning at 7:50 PM.