Former junior featherweight world champion Isaac “Royal Storm” Dogboe”(23-2, 15 KOs) kept his hopes of a featherweight title shot alive, edging two-time title challenger Christopher “Pitufo” Diaz(26-4, 16 KOs) by 10-round majority decision (95-95, 96-94 and 97-93). Dogboe has now won three straight fights since back-to-back defeats to Emanuel Navarrete.


The fight which was on the undercard of the Terrence Crowford and Shawn Porter showdown saw Dogboe win on two of the judges scorecards to edge a very close contest.

Judges Tim Cheatham and Don Trekla scored the bout 96-94 and 97-93 for Dogboe while Eric Cheek scored it 95-95.

Dogboe battles to victory over Diaz in close contest

The two boxers went at each other from the opening bell as the fight stayed close throughout the scheduled 10 rounds.

What was however noticeable was Dogboe’s hand speed and counter punching ability which looked significantly improved from previous bouts.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 20: Isaac Dogboe (L) and Christopher Diaz (R) exchange punches during their fight for the NABF featherweight championship at Michelob ULTRA Arena on November 20, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)

The former super bantamweight champion ultimately prevailed to notch up his third straight victory as he aims to grab a second world title in as many divisions.