- Ghana's Isaac Dogboe will take on Hidenori Otake this Saturday
- Dogboe will be making his first defence against the Japanese
The stakes are high for WBO super bantamweight world champion Isaac Dogboe and challenger Hidenori Otake.
Dogboe-Otake met for the first time at the final press conference for the next edition of "Top Rank on ESPN." which will take place Saturday evening at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona
The Ghanaian will make the first defense of his belt against the Japanese warrior.
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The 23-year-old hard puncher first claimed the WBO belt last April after stopping then champion, Jessie Magdalen,o in USA. The win made him the youngest world champion to come from Ghana.
Ahead of the clash, Dogboe in an interview promised fireworks.
"First and foremost, I give all the glory to the almighty God for bringing me here safely and making me who I am today.
"Otake is a great guy, and I can't wait to get back on ESPN. It's a big platform for myself and also a great platform to showcase my talent once again. I want to say thank you to Bob Arum and Top Rank promotions and all the staff for putting this show together. It's great. It is always a huge platform.
"Like I said, Otake is a great guy. Physically, he's strong. This is his second world title challenge, his second opportunity, and we know he's going to come out fighting. He's going to come out guns blazing. But, you know, like we always say, we don't have to get ready, we're always prepared. Everything he brings to the table, we have an answer for it.
"Come Saturday night, you don't have to stay at home. Everyone has to come down to the Gila River Arena. It's going to be fireworks because there's no way that something we worked so hard for is going to slip through our hands. He says he's going to be fighting for his soul. I have no need for his soul because I did not create him. I just want to knock him out on Saturday night and retain my title."
Dogboe is a former Olympian who competed for Ghana during the 2012 London Olympics.
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