On this day 11 May 2019 (Exactly a year ago today) Isaac Dogboe’s hope of reclaiming his WBO world super bantamweight belt proved futile as he was stopped by Emanuel Navarette at the Convention Center, Tucson, Arizona, US.
Isaac Dogboe was hell-bent on proving his title-losing effort to Emanuel Navarrete five months earlier was nothing more than a fluke.
Navarrete had little difficulty in registering the first defense of his super bantamweight title, scoring a one-sided 12th round stoppage over the man from whom he claimed it in a repeat 12-round win.
Dogboe was down twice in the contest, including a right hand shot which ended the fight at 2:02 of the 12th and final round.
Navarrete (27-1, 22KOs) sought to pick up exactly where he left off in his title-winning effort five months earlier, using every bit of his massive height and reach advantages in launching power shots from long range. Dogboe knew to anticipate the tactic, fighting behind a high guard and shooting counter right hands although he was significantly outworked in the round.
It would only get much, much worse for the former 122-pound titlist.
Dogboe (20-2, 14KOs) was badly rocked in rounds two and three, the brunt of the damage produced by Navarrete’s long right hands. The difference in activity was far more evident as Dogboe’s efforts to deflect the incoming disappeared the moment he was forced to retreat.
Navarrete was also doing damage with his left hook, landing often enough to where Dogboe’s right eye was rapidly swelling shut. The squat Ghanian boxer was able to readjust in round four, occasionally working his way inside and landing right hands but not staying at close range long enough to force the defending titlist on the defensive.
Dogboe enjoyed a bounce back of sorts in round five, effectively getting off his punches at close range and immediately getting out of harm’s way before Navarrete had a chance to adjust and respond. It wasn’t by any means a momentum shift, however, as the very next round would show.
A series of power shots had Dogboe staggering abound the ring in round six, falling into the ropes in a sequence that was correctly ruled a knockdown. Navarrete couldn’t put him away in the 50 or seconds left in the round but was dominant to the tune of outlanding Dogboe 34 to 12 in the frame and only increasing his lead.
The second half of the fight offered a similar pattern, Dogboe briefly stalling Navarrete’s onslaught but otherwise fighting on pure will as he was getting picked apart from the outside. Navarrete slowed just enough to where he was merely outworking his foe and not necessarily inflicting damage but It was enough to secure his lead.
He did a lot more than that in a brutal round nine which ended with Dogboe’s father and trainer, Paul Dogboe insisting that he was going to pull the plug on the fight. The words never evolved beyond threat, although it was puzzling as to why he would allow his son to take additional punishment in the final three rounds.
The bitter end came in the 12th and final round. A right hand shot put Dogboe down for the second time in the fight. He beat the count, but was in no condition to continue, with his father alerting the referee to stop the contest.
It proved right on time for Navarrete, who injured his right hand upon landing the knockout blow, although he didn’t need to throw it again.
More non-contact sports’ll be allowed to train after consultations – NSA
The Public Relations Officer at the National Sports Authority (NSA), Mr Charles Amofah, has revealed that his outfit is doing the necessary consultations to add more non-contact disciplines to a list of 14 others whose teams have been allowed to resume training in Ghana.
This follows the declaration by President Nana Akufo-Addo that non-contact sports can go ahead during his 10thCOVID-19 televised address on Sunday, 31May 2020.
The NSA, in a statement, said athletics, badminton, tennis, golf, table tennis, power lifting, weightlifting, cycling, draughts, horse racing, squash, para sports, rowing and canoeing as well as baseball and softball can resume their respective drills.
However, non-contact sports like shooting, swimming, gymnastics and chess did not make the list, prompting a response from the NSA.
We are still doing further consultation. We had a call from the Swimming Federation saying they are also an individual sport. But, we are not too sure about the nature of this COVID disease, whether it thrives in water or not. So, we need a little time to be able to add other disciplines to what we have put out there”, he said.
Mr Amofa further added that the various national stadia are officially open to the selected athletes of the non-contact sports listed.
Definitely, we are opening our facilities for all these disciplines to have their trainings. Baba Yara [Stadium] is under renovation. Essipong [Stadium] is also under renovation. For now, Accra Sport Stadium will be opened up. Tamale Sports Stadium is also there. We have Cape Coast [Stadium] and other smaller facilities where athletics and other disciplines have their training sessions. So, for now, we are going to open it up for these 14 disciplines to have their training.
Ghanaian attempts to ‘scam’ Cristiano Ronaldo
A Ghanaian tried to grab the attention of Cristiano Ronaldo and possibly scam him when he went live on Facebook a few days ago.
The Ghanaian recognized as Panji Daniel told Cristiano Ronaldo that he has built a statue for him, and he just needs a little cash to get it done.
He specifically noted that the statue was built in Ghana which of course is a lie.
He wrote beneath the comment box as Cristiano was live:
“From Ghana I have build your statue in Ghana please send me few money to complete it.”
He has since been trending.
Ghanaian attempts to ‘scam’ Cristiano Ronaldo pic.twitter.com/mR9aX4zNM4
— Kofi Modern (@KofiModern) May 31, 2020
Gh¢10 million stadium funds missing at National Sports Authority – AG’s report
The Auditor General’s report on the Sustainability of Sports Stadia in Ghana has revealed that Internally Generated Funds (IGF) for the year 2015-2016 for the Accra Sports Stadium and for the year 2012-2013 for the Baba Yara Sports Stadium were not accounted for by the National Sports Authority (NSA).
The audit, carried out between August 2017 and December 2018 at the Ministry of Youth, Sports and the National Sports Authority, covered the period between 2012 and 2018.
The report saw a total amount of Ghc10,683,044 generated as internal funds from the five stadia in the country (Accra, Kumasi, Essipong, Tamale and Cape Coast) even though there were no revenue targets or strategies in place.
Assistant Auditor General for Performance and Special Audit, Lawrence Ayagiba, in an interview with Ghana’s number one Sports Station Happy 98.9FM disclosed that they were propelled to conduct the audit due to media reports on the deteriorating state of the various stadia across the country.
“The audit was to find out whether the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS) and the National Sports Authority (NSA) have carried out their oversight responsibilities and implemented measures to ensure the physical and financial sustainability of sports stadia”.
He mentioned that the NSA was unable to provide any documentation for IGF for the period stated in the report.
He told Ohene-Bampoe Brenya on Happy Sports on Happy 98.9FM:
“The NSA does not have any document on their internal generated funds for the years which have been stated in the report.”
He added that the Auditor General has the power to surcharge all those involved in accounting for the internally generated funds.
National Sports Authority boss, Professor Peter Twumasi, in his response on Happy 98.9FM on the missing funds for the years stated in the report said the Auditor’s General will write to those responsible for answers.
The reports also revealed that the management of Accra Sports Stadium could not provide the audit team with any information on rent owed by tenants.
Also, there were no documents or tenancy agreements between NSA and the tenants to indicate the rent to be paid, dates, terms and conditions for occupying the shops to enable them to ascertain rent outstanding.
Peter Twumasi revealed that all tenancy agreements under his administration have been renewed.
“We have renewed and given out contracts to all our tenants at the Accra Sports Stadium. The report is good to identify some of the problems the NSA is facing so we can correct them. But it doesn’t mean we should also write off all the good works of the NSA.”
The audit also focused on the following areas; vi Performance Audit Report of the Auditor General on the Sustainability of Sports Stadia in Ghana on oversight responsibilities, maintenance of stadia and revenue generation.
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