Before Vasyl Lomachenko faces Jose Pedraza to unify the WBA and WBO lightweight titles on December 8th, WBO super bantamweight champ Isaac Dogboe will look to cap his banner year with a second successful title defense.
Happy birthday to Isaac Dogboe the 122 pound world champion. Looking forward to your next title defense on December 8 at MSG.— Bob Arum (@BobArum) September 26, 2018
Dogboe (20-0, 14 KO) has already scored impressive knockouts of Cesar Juarez, Jessie Magdaleno, and Hidenori Otake, none of whom had ever been stopped, in 2018. He turns 24 today.
No mention has been made of his opponent, which means it’s time for some irresponsible speculation. Diego De La Hoya and Emmanuel Navarrette are his #1 and #2 contenders, respectively, though I’d imagine the eternal Top Rank-Golden Boy feud may preclude the former. A unification match with IBF champ TJ Doheny is a very real possibility, as Top Rank secured the rights to Doheny’s title-winning victory over Ryosuke Iwasa earlier this year, but they may wait to get Doheny a title defense before throwing him in against “Royal Storm.”
WBA champ Danny Roman is currently signed to a DAZN deal with Eddie Hearn, ruling him out, while WBC titleist Rey Vargas is in the Golden Boy stable. We’ll let you know as soon as they find someone.