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Who Won the Weekend? Dogboe Wows The NYF Squad

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It’s Sunday, and that means for some of youse, time to worship. Others, to devour the NY Times and munch bagels. At NYF, it means logging on to email and answering the pest-y editor, and attending to the email with the subject line #WWTW?

Abe G was first off the block, so he kicks things off for us…

“If you are what you say you are..a super star..then have no fear.. the cameras here,” said Lupe Fiasco.
“This had to be running through Isaac Dogboe’s head prior to entering the ring Saturday in Arizona. Dogboe won the weekend because not only did he capture the audience’s attention with that performance, he also charmed us with that post fight interview. He poured it on with his words, smile and the professionalism he showed to not only his opponent but the sport while calling out other champions in a tasteful way. Congrats Top Rank, you have another star in your hands!”

Add another into the “Dogboe” column, with Colin Morrison’s assessment: “Isaac Dogboe. The young Ghanaian defended his title in fine style before calling out all the other belt holders in his weight class on Saturday. He’s engaging the casual sports fan with his persona while growing his profile among boxing hardcores with his skillful aggression in the ring,” Morrison said.  Issac Dogboe is now on my must watch list – the kid is dynamite.”

Kelsey McCarson piped up from Texas: “The sport of boxing won the weekend. The media attention the sport received from disgruntled heavyweight Curtis Harper leaving the ring one second into his bout against undefeated heavyweight contender Efe Agafa, coupled with the YouTube vlogger PPV boxing battle between KSI and Logan Paul was a shot in the arm to the sport overall. Add to it a pretty decent lightweight scrap between Jose Pedraza and Ray Beltran on regular ESPN Saturday night, and you have yet another glorious weekend for the sweet science. People say boxing is dying. Those people are dumb. Boxing is alive and well.”

And what say you, Tom Penney? “Due to Canada’s monopolic cable industry, I couldn’t tell you who won the weekend. Dogboe looked good!”

David Phillips, talk to me: who won the weekend? “Jose Pedraza gutted out several tough rounds against the tough as nails Ray Beltran and not only deservedly took the title, but likely set himself up for a big payday,” said Phillips. But all good news endeth there since it will likely be against Lomachenko, who he has no chance against. Mikaela Mayer looks like a flat-out star for women’s boxing. Superior athleticism, skill, fundamentals, power, personality, and as the ESPN team reminded us more than once, she has…a look. However, without question, it was Isaac Dogboe’s weekend. Not only did he bounce a good fighter who has never been sent home early, but he did so with a “don’t go to the fridge” elan. On top of that, he’s charismatic as hell, and speaks great English (which does not hurt the marketing possibilities). I’m loathe to get ahead of myself, but I felt like I saw more than a spectacular fighter in the ring Saturday night, I felt like I caught a glimpse of boxing’s future.”

And “Gunner” Gatling, fire off a burst of opinion!

“I think this has to go to Jose “Sniper” Pedraza. In January 2017, we were ringside in Brooklyn to witness Gervonta Davis mugging and dethroning Pedraza in a very convincing performance at Barclays,” said Gatling. “What the Sniper just did to a solid Ray Beltran to claim the WBO lightweight championship, not only validated what Tank was all about, but what he still is. He got better after defeat, and now he wins a date with Loma.”

Editor/publisher Michael Woods became addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the fearsome Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist Woods has covered the sport since then, for ESPN The Magazine, ESPN.com, ESPN New York, RING, and he was editor of TheSweetScience.com from 2007-2015. Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and numerous other organizations.

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