Isaac Dogboe knows it will be a knockout 2018 if he puts Emanuel Navarrete out for the count this weekend.

The London-based Ghanaian makes the second defence of his WBO Super-Bantamweight Title against the Mexican at New York’s Madison Square Garden Theater on Saturday night.

Dogboe is unbeaten in 20 fights, with 14 wins coming inside the distance. This year he's had three knockout wins, including his upset title win against Jessie Magdaleno in April, who he beat in 11 rounds.

Dogboe, 24, said: “We couldn't have asked for a better 2018. Before entering into 2018, my uncle said to me, 'All you have to do is dance into 2018. Be happy.' And that's exactly what we did.

“We started by knocking out Cesar Juarez, another fine Mexican fighter. And we moved on to Jessie Magdaleno, another tough World Champion. He's one of the best in my division.

“And after that, we defended it against Hidenori Otake, one of Japan's toughest fighters. It's been a blessing. Three knockouts out of three fights, and this will be four knockouts out of four fights in 2018. It's always been a blessing,” he added.

Navarrete has won 25 of his 26 contests and has 22 knockouts, with his last eight victories coming inside the distance, so the BoxNation televised scrap must be fancied to end early.

Dogboe added: Emanuel Navarrete is also one of Mexico's finest fighters, as tough as they come. He reminds me of Israel Vazquez and Juan Manuel Marquez.

“These are great, great legendary fighters. When he talks about the fighting spirit of the Mexicans, you know he's going to come and fight.”


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