Ghana’s Isaac Royal Storm’ Dogboe returns since losing a second world title bid in Marxh when he faces Nick Ball as seven
MAGNIFICENT SEVE title fights are set to be showcased on one night at the AO Arena, Manchester, on Saturday November 18, live on TNT Sports.
With the day being free from club football, supporters from London, Liverpool, Stoke, Nottingham, Derby and Southampton can plan a party weekend in Manchester to get behind their local fighting favourites.
In a fight that is certain to draw a bumper crowd from the city of Stoke, Nathan Heaney (17-0, 6) will attempt to realise his dream when he challenges Denzel Bentley (18-2-1, 15) for the British Middleweight title, with the WBA Continental championship belts also on the line.
In the co-headline bout, a final eliminator for the WBC World Featherweight Championship, the WBC Silver champion Nick Ball (18-0, 11 KOs) will come up against former WBO world champion Isaac Dogboe (24-3, 15).
In world championship action, the vacant WBC Super Welterweight Championship will be up for grabs when Hannah Rankin (13-6, 3), the former WBA and IBO world champion from Glasgow, takes on the Slovenian Ema Kozin (23-1-1, 12).
The IBO World Super Featherweight Champion Anthony Cacace (21-1, 7) will turn his attention to the undefeated Ryan Garner (14-0, 8) in a thrilling clash of experience versus youth.
At super bantamweight, the British, WBC International and European champion Liam Davies (14-0, 6), fresh off a first-round stoppage of Jason Cunningham, will face his mandatory challenger for his EBU belt in Vincenzo La Femina (13-0, 7), the undefeated EU champion.
In a second of three British title fights on the night, Ekow Essuman (19-0, 7) tackles his mandatory challenger in Harry Scarff in a Nottingham vs Derby welterweight cracker.
Liverpool man Ball, 26, who has made three successful defences of the WBC title he won against Isaac Lowe in 2022, reckons he is in for an almighty scrap in his final eliminator against a decorated opponent in Dogboe, a fighter fully accustomed to operating at the highest level.
“It is a good fight, and he has got a similar style to me in that he is small and comes forward,” he considered. “It is only going to make for an action-packed fight in my eyes. He has been a world champion and has been in with a few world champions so, on paper, he has got more experience. Although, if I can’t beat him, I won’t be no world champion.
“I definitely make myself favourite and always back myself. All my fights have been in London recently so, with this one being in Manchester and only 40 minutes away, my people will all get down and support me. There will be a big interest, and everyone will be taking notice of this one. I am one step away from a world title fight now and within touching distance.”
The formerly London-based Ghanaian Dogboe, 29, known as Royal Storm, attempted to win a featherweight world title in April against the celebrated Cuban Olympian Robeisy Ramirez, having previously reigned at super bantamweight following his defeat of Jessie Magdaleno in 2018.
“I know coming off a world title loss, to many, it would’ve sunk them into the abyss,” said the now US-based star who hails from Accra. “But I am still on my feet and God is guiding me day after day. Fighting in a WBC world title eliminator against an opponent like Nick Ball is a wonderful opportunity. He’s a great fighter with a lot of buzz behind him in the UK. This fight is about redemption. I haven’t fought on English soil since I turned pro. My passion for boxing started there, and I can’t wait to return home.”