Isaac Dogboe returns to the ring in November in his first bout since falling short in a world title bid as he takes on the unbeaten Nick Ball in Manchester.
Ball is one of the rising stars in British boxing and comes into the contest with a perfect 18-0 record, winning his last five fights inside the distance, and Dogboe is perhaps his toughest test yet.
|What||Nick Ball v Isaac Dogboe|
|Where||Manchester Arena, England|
|When||22:00, Saturday 18th November, 2023|
|How to watch||TNT Sports 1|
|Odds||Nick Ball 4/11, Isaac Dogboe 2/1|
This 12-round fight between Nick Ball and Isaac Dogboe will take place on Saturday 18th November.
The fight will take place at the Manchester Arena in England. This is the first time both of these fighters have fought at this venue. All of Ball’s fights have taken place in the UK, while this will be just Dogboe’s second bout in the country and his first since 2014.
The Manchester Arena has hosted numerous boxing events over the years and the likes of Mike Tyson, Joe Calazaghe and local legend Ricky Hatton have all appeared at the venue, while more recently both of Chris Eubank Jr’s clashes with Liam Smith were held at the Arena.
The fight will be broadcast on TNT Sports 1 in the UK.
There are no belts on the line in this featherweight contest but the winner will become mandatory challenger for the WBC featherweight title, which is currently held by Mexican Rey Vargas.
Nick Ball has a perfect 18-0 record and has an impressive 11 wins inside the distance.
The 26-year-old made his debut with a point victory over Dmitrijs Gutmans in his native Liverpool in 2017 and won his next four fights on points, all of which were four-round affairs.
Ball returned for a second fight in Liverpool in 2018 in a scheduled eight-round bout against the previously unbeaten Brian Phillips and claimed a first stoppage victory, with Phillips’ corner throwing in the towel in the second round.
That was the first of a four-fight run where he managed to stop his opponent inside the first three rounds. Ball was then taken the distance by Abdon Cesar.
In July 2020, Ball inflicted a first defeat on Jerome Campbell with a decision win at the BT Studio in Stratford and then claimed a sensational first round victory over Piotr Gudel.
Ball faced Isaac Lowe on the undercard of Tyson Fury’s clash with Dillian Whyte in April 2022 for the vacant WBC Silver featherweight title, winning via a sixth round TKO.
He has since defended that title three times, against Nathanael Kakololo, Jesus Ramirez Rubio and Ludumo Lamati.
Ball’s last bout was against Lamati in May as he secured a 12th round TKO, ending the South African’s unbeaten record.
Isaac Dogboe has a 24-3 record and 15 of his wins have come inside the distance, while he has been stopped once and has two defeats on points.
The Ghanaian-British boxer made his debut with a third round TKO win over Csaba Toth in Berne, Switzerland, in 2013 and faced an opponent with a winning record in just his fourth fight, outpointing Wilberth Lopez.
Dogboe’s first seven fights took place in Europe and the USA, and the Ghanaian fought for the first time in the country of his birth in 2015 as he faced Kofi Ansah Raymond in Accra, claiming a third round TKO win.
That was the first of eight successive fights in Ghana, culminating with Dogboe beating Neil John Tabanao via unanimous decision in a clash for the WBC Youth Silver featherweight, WBO Africa and WBO Oriental titles.
The 29-year-old overcame Julian Evaristo Aristule via a seventh round TKO in 2016 to win the vacant WBO International Super bantamweight belt and became the WBO world champion in 2018 by stopping the previously unbeaten Jessie Magdaleno in the 11th round.
He successfully defended that title with a first-round knockout against Hidenori Otake in August 2018 at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, USA. He lost his WBO title to Emanuel Navarrete in December of that year via unanimous decision, before being stopped in the 11th round in a rematch in 2019.
After his second defeat to Navarette, Dogboe took a break from boxing to study before returning in July 2020 at featherweight with a TKO win over Chris Avalos. Dogboe won his following three fights to set up a shot at the WBO title.
Dogboe fell short in his bid to become a two-weight world champion when challenging for the vacant WBO featherweight title, as he lost out to Robeisy Ramirez via unanimous decision.
That was Dogboe’s last bout, and he is looking to set up another world title fight by beating Ball in November.
An action-packed evening in Manchester sees a co-headline bout featuring Nathan Heaney v Denzel Bentley, while there are three more British title fights and a WBC Super Welterweight Championship clash between Glasgow's Hannah Rankin and Ema Kozin of Slovenian for the vacant crown.
Nathan Heaney vs. Denzel Bentley – Co-headline event for the British Middleweight title
Hannah Rankin vs. Ema Kozin - WBC Super Welterweight Championship
Anthony Cacace vs. Ryan Garner - IBO World Super Featherweight Championship
Liam Davies vs. Vincenzo La Femina - European Bantamweight Championship
Ekow Essuman vs. Harry Scarff - British Welterweight Championship
Nathaniel Collins vs. Zak Miller - British and Commonwealth Featherweight Championships