Glynn Evans presents the ultimate fact file on South London-based Ghanaian Isaac Dogboe who is short in stature but tall in talent.

-Isaac Zion Dogboe (pronounced Dog-bay) was born in Accra, Ghana on 26th September 1994. The eldest of six, he is a descendant of one of Ghana’s royal families, hence his nicknames of ‘Brave Son’ and Royal Storm’.

-At the age of eight, Isaac moved to Kennington, south London to join his father.

-He began boxing at the age of 14 when it became apparent that he was unlikely to succeed in his first passion, football, due to a lack of height. (Boxrec lists him at 5ft 2in tall!)

-Though he was prohibited from boxing himself by his own father, Isaac’s dad Paul Dogboe has served as his chief coach throughout his entire amateur and professional career. Initially he schooled his diminutive son in the sport’s nuances in the open-air of Kennington Park. Paul, a PT instructor in the British Army, learnt his craft studying the boxers at Accra’s world renowned Bukom Square, once a breeding ground for ring legends such Azumah Nelson and Ike Quartey.

-In his first year of competition, sporting the singlet of the Fitzroy Lodge ABC, Isaac advanced to the final of the national Junior ABA competition but was outpointed by Darlington traveller Thomas Patrick Ward (then European Schoolboy Champion, now unbeaten British Super-Bantamweight king). Further victories in the National Novice competition – at both junior and senior level – saw Dogboe recruited to the GB Development set-up in Sheffield and earn sparring tutorials with rising pro Champion Carl Frampton.

Dogboe presser

-Nevertheless, his royal grandfather Torgbui Sri III – ruler of the Anlo state – was distraught that Isaac was forsaking his education for boxing. To appease him, Isaac acquired a BTEC diploma in Sports and Exercise Science at the St Francis Xavier Sixth Form College in Clapham. In future, he intends to study sociology at university.

-After Hull’s Luke Campbell secured the GB Bantamweight berth for the 2012 London Olympics, Isaac and Paul pursued his dream through their Ghanaian heritage. Despite local resistance to the ‘outsider’, Isaac succeeded by reaching the final of the African Olympic qualifiers in Morocco.

-At 17 years and 10 months, he was the youngest boxer to compete at the London Games in any weight category. Alas, he was contentiously defeated in the first series by 5ft 10 in Japanese southpaw Satashi Shimizu, the eventual bronze medallist.

-The following year, now representing the Territorial Army, Dogboe concluded his 38-bout amateur career by scooping the senior ABA Elite Lightweight Title – a full 10lbs above his current weight - by beating Ryan Fillingham in Houghton-Le-Spring.

-Within 40 months of his August 2013 debut in Berne, Switzerland, the Ghanaian globe-trotter had performed on four continents. In his only UK gig, he schooled Gloucester’s Andy Harris in Belfast. Though he routinely prepares at Miguel’s boxing gym in Brixton, London, he is yet to fight in England as a pro. Nevertheless, he sports both the Ghanaian and Union flags on his ring trunks.

-Briefly based in Woodland Hills, California, Dogboe had five early fights in the US but became disenchanted at repeatedly spotting weight.

Dogboe training

-His father borrowed heavily to release Isaac from his contract, then set up Rising Star Africa Promotions and showcased the fast developing ‘Royal Storm’ in open-air stadium fights in his birthland. The audacious gamble brought a barrowload of regional titles and a world ranking.

-Dogboe also starred as the chief support for Joseph Parker’s WBO Heavyweight coronation over Andy Ruiz Jr in Auckland, New Zealand.

-Despite his lack of height and reach, the sawn-off west African has evolved into a tenacious two-fisted tornado, with excellent upper body movement and a fast jab. He claims his seemingly inexhaustible stamina is a product of sparring on the beach, running up steps and pulling truck tyres. He is a persistent and potent body puncher. Though four of his first seven pro victims lasted to the final bell, he has stopped 10 of his last 12.

-Like his father, he is deeply religious and a regular worshipper at the Church of Apostles Revelation Society (ARS).

-Isaac’s World Title opportunity was secured – two years ahead of his father’s agenda – when he minced much avoided Mexican macho man Cesar Juarez inside five rounds in a WBO ‘interim’ Title spat at Bukom Boxing Stadium.

-Though he’d been inactive for 12 months, reigning WBO Super-Bantam king Jessie Magdaleno was unbeaten in 25 and widely regarded as the finest 122lb fighter on the planet when he put his belt on the line against Dogboe at Philadelphia’s Liacouras Center in April.

Dogboe punch

-Interestingly, in an interview with Boxing News two years before the fight, Dogboe had nominated the champ as one of his best friends in boxing, after the pair had sparred together in Vegas the previous year. However, pre-fight he warned: ‘When you hear the lion roar, then you know it’s time for war!’

-With ESPN screening live in the US, underdog Dogboe was decked for the first time in his career in the opening frame. However, he returned the favour in round five and again in round eleven before administering the coup de grace moments after and eclipsing welterweight great Ike Quartey as Ghana’s youngest ever boxing World Champion.

-Upon returning to the Motherland following his victory, the ‘outsider’ received a hero’s welcome, meeting with President Akufo-Addo and being elected Ghana’s Sports Personality of the Year.

-This weekend, this ever-smiling, remarkably humble ambassador opens the defence of his title against veteran Japanese warlord Hidenori Otaki (beaten just twice in 36) at the Gile River Arena in Glendale, Arizona.

-Now 19-0 (13) and signed to a promotional deal with Bob Arum, he speaks of his intention to unify the division and, in time, boldly predicts of becoming a ‘five to six-weight World Champion!’