World Boxing Organisation Super Bantamweight international champion, Isaac Dogboe, defended his title last Saturday and came out victorious.
In the wake of his defeat of Japanese Hideoshi Otake, Dogboe is enjoying massive press in Ghana and the UK.
Although he fights under the flag of Ghana, the British media have been keen to report on him as one of their own. And their reasons are not far fetched.
1. Dogboe holds a British passport
At the age of 7, Dogboe left the shores of Ghana for the United Kingdom. It was not until he was 17 that he had the opportunity to fight for Ghana at London Olympics of 2012 and he has since not looked back.
By virtue of his stay in the UK over the period, Dogboe holds a British passport. This makes him an absolute British citizen.
2. The British want to add to their list of title holders
The British currently have world champions in 6 different boxing categories. Since Dogboe qualifies to be British, they are looking to add him to the stack.
Indeed, the six world champions the British have are more than Ghana could boast of. But the British would rather be compared to the likes of the US who have more than six.
3. Isaac Dogboe does not want to lose his British identity
This is not a point in accusation of Dogboe. After all, many Ghanaian national team footballers have donned the national team colours while having passports of other countries as well.
But insofar as Dogboe goes into the ring with both British and Ghanaian flags, he is giving hope to those Britons who believe they can convince him to give up on Ghana.
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Source: Yen Newspaper