In Philly, Ghanaian boxer Dogboe wins belt, looks for ‘cheesesteak area’

Five-foot-two boxer Isaac Dogboe of Ghana has big plans.

“The aim is to become a global icon, to be the first pay-per-view mega-superstar to come out of Africa, and already I believe that we are on that road,” Dogboe said shortly after winning the WBO junior featherweight title.

Dogboe captured the belt with an 11th round TKO of Jessie Magdaleno on Saturday night in Philadelphia. The 122-pound Dogboe (19-0, 13 KOs) then asked where he can find the city’s famous cuisine.

“I just want someone to point me to the cheesesteak area. I’m going to have to try it before I leave,” the 23-year-old Accra native told journalists, in video posted by Abrams Boxing and www.15rounds.com.

Dogboe, who moved to London at age 8, overcame a first-round knockdown to punish Magdaleno (25-1, 18 KOs) in the middle and later rounds.

Dogboe was an Olympian for Ghana at the 2012 London Games when he was just 17 years old. His father, Paul Dogboe, is his trainer.

Today he’s a national hero, but Dogboe wasn’t always welcomed with open arms in Ghana. This Boxing News story explains how he had to prove himself. Dogboe said his Ghanaian teammates thought: “‘This British guy is coming here and wants to take our place.'”

Dogboe received congratulatory messages from Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo and the legendary Azumah “Zoom Zoom” Nelson.

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