Prior to his Featherweight world title eliminator against Joet Gonzalez, Isaac Dogboe is said to have changed his nationality from Ghana to the United Kingdom.
According to TV3, the 27-year-old boxer declared his change of nationality at a press conference in Accra.
In a 10-round main event on Saturday, July 23, 2022 at Grand Casino Hinckley in Hinckley, Minnesota, Dogbe will face two-time world championship contender Gonzalez.
Gonzalez’s WBO International belt will be on the line, and the victor will almost certainly face Emanuel Navarrete for the crown.
Since his professional debut, Dogboe has fought under the Ghanaian flag, despite having both Ghanaian and British citizenship.
Following two consecutive losses to Navarrete in 2018, the boxer’s career took a huge setback. In December of that year, he lost his WBO super bantamweight title against Navarrete in a one-sided fight.
After losing by unanimous decision to his opponent, it was his first professional defeat.
In May 2018, Dogboe got a rematch with Navarrete, however he was defeated by TKO after failing to last the full 12 rounds against the Mexican.
He has now bounced back with a knockout victory over Chris Avalos in the eighth round in July 2020.
Dogboe won another remarkable victory in November 2021 when he defeated Puerto Rican boxer Christopher Diaz by majority decision.
Meanwhile, Dogboe stated that his heart will always be with Ghana ahead of his world title eliminator versus Gonzalez.
“To simply put it, I’m here in Ghana. If I fought for England, I’d have made a lot more money and I wouldn’t have gone through the hustle that we had to go through,” he said.
“We wouldn’t have had to travel, you know being on the road, as long as we did. I’m here with honour and that’s the most important thing.
“I’m here because I want to inspire the people. Over the years, people would say there aren’t equipment here in Ghana; there’s nothing here and that’s the reason why we’re not moving forward.
“I’ve been a pro for over 10 years, so you tell me where my heart is. Is it here [Ghana] or is it elsewhere?” Dogboe added.