Once beaten Filipino Neil John Tabanao (13-1, 9) will be returning to the ring on August 26th as he fights against 2012 Olympian Isaac Dogboe (14-0, 9) in Accra, Ghana.
The talented Filipino youngster will be fighting outside of his homeland for the third time, following a win in Japan in November 2014 and an upset win against Ibrahim Balla in Australia this past June. He will also be fighting for the third time since his sole career loss, a close and controversial split decision defeat to Randy Braga, in a bout for the Filipino Featherweight title. Despite that loss Tabanao has rebuilt well stopping both Marvin Tampus and Balla, with the win over Balla netting him the WBO Oriental title.
Although footage of Tabanao is difficult to find he has been impressive with wins not only over Balla but also Jhon Gemino and the loss to Braga was very competitive. This however will be a step up for the Filipino who is facing another young and hungry fighter like himself.
Aged 21 Dogboe is an impressive prospect and is a fighter who has long been tipped as "one to watch". He first caught the attention of many at the 2012 London Olympics, where he competed as a 17 year old losing to Japan's Satoshi Shimizu in a very close bout. He turned professional the following year and has been busy racking up 14 bouts in just 3 active years. Not only has he been active but he's also been well travelled with bouts in Switzerland, Northern Ireland, the US and Ghana, where he has fought 7 times in the last 12 months. Those bouts in Ghana have seen Dogboe claim the West African Boxing Union Featherweight title and the WBO Africa title whilst facing ever stiffer tests.
To the winner of the bout go the spoils and this bout will see Tabanao's WBO Asia Pacific title, Dogboe's WBO Africa title and the vacant WBC Youth title all being unified by the winner in what looks like a genuinely brilliant match up.
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