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Isaac Dogboe will make first title defense against Hidenori Otake on Aug. 25 on ESPN

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Jul

Isaac Dogboe is now set for his first title defense following a breakthrough performance.

The 23-year-old Ghana native will again travel to the U.S. for a title fight four months after he wrested a 122-pound title from Jessie Magdaleno. Dogboe will face mandatory challenger Hidenori Otake on August 25 in Glendale, Arizona, on ESPN, Top Rank announced Monday.

“It’s going to be fireworks,” said Dogboe, The Ring’s No. 2-rated junior featherweight. “I’m not stepping back. We’re on a quest to make this division exciting and great again. We’re shaking up the division. Isaac ‘Royal Storm’ Dogboe, you all know I bring lightning and thunder!”

Dogboe (19-0, 13 knockouts) certainly made a statement to the rest of the 122-pound division in his first title opportunity. He was dropped in the first round, but rallied to stop Magdaleno in the 11th round. And now, the powerful puncher will be matched up with a middling opponent, a man Dogboe called a “Japanese warrior.”



Otake dropped a wide-points to defeat in his lone title fight, but the 37-year-old has reeled off nine consecutive wins.

“I would like to express my appreciation to everyone who made this fight possible. I am truly grateful for this opportunity,” Otake said. “In capturing the world title for my first time on Aug. 25, I’d like to show everyone that age does not matter. Since comments can reveal strategy, I can’t say anymore.”

Dogboe vs. Otake will serve as the ESPN co-feature to the lightweight title scrap between Ray Beltran and Jose Pedraza.

Mike Coppinger is the Senior Writer for RingTV.com. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeCoppinger

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