Former WBO super-bantamweight champ Isaac Dogboe will face unbeaten contender Nick Ball in an IBF featherweight eliminator on November 18, the fight to take place in Manchester, UK and will be broadcast live on ESPN+ in the US. Dogboe of Accra, Ghana is currently the WBC #2 ranked 126 pound contender, while Ball of Liverpool is ranked at #1.
The two will shoot it out, the winner to earn a shot at reigning IBF featherweight champ Rey Vargas (although Brandon Figueroa in the interim champion, so he may get next crack at Vargas). Ball, one of the most exciting fighters in Britain today, regularly slings out a hellish amount of leather in his fights, his all-action, take no prisoners style really having seen him become a fan-fave over the last 18 months or so. Currently, 18-0(11), the 5’2” ball of fire (apologies!) last fought in May when he stopped (and unfortunately hospitalised) Ludumo Lamati of South Africa.
26 year old Ball, the WBC silver champion, will be having his stiffest test thus far (on paper at least) when he faces the tough and experienced Dogboe.
29 year old Dogboe is currently 24-3(15) and he was last seen dropping a 12 round UD against Robeisy Ramirez in a fight for the vacant WBO featherweight title. Stopped just once, this by Emanuel Navarrete in May of 2019, Dogboe showed us all how good he is, how tough and strong he is, in fights with Jessie Magdaleno (a stoppage win, this seeing Dogboe win the WBO 122 pound belt in April of 2018) and Navarrete, who he fought twice, back-to-back, Dogboe losing a decision in the first fight and then being stopped in the final round of the return.
Since then, Dogboe has gone 4-1, with him picking up solid wins over Adam Lopez, Christopher Diaz and Joet Gonzalez in a close one. Aside from the loss to Ramirez, which came in April, Dogboe is unbeaten at 126 pounds. Perhaps slightly past his best, Dogboe, interestingly enough, is the same height as Ball at 5’2.” These two, shall we say, pocket rockets, really could wind up giving us a great fight in November. Credit to both guys for agreeing to get it on.
Ball really does have the look of a future star, his engine, his punch-rate, his ability to get in close and go to work so enjoyable to watch. Dogboe, though, has a great chin and he is also blessed with pretty awesome stamina. Again, a potentially great fight. One that could go either way.
Nick Ball vs. Isaac Dogboe Fight
Q: What is the date and start time for the Nick Ball vs. Isaac Dogboe fight? A: The fight is on Saturday, November 18. The main card will begin at 6 p.m. UK / 1 p.m. ET, with the estimated time for the main event ringwalks being 10 p.m. UK / 5 p.m. ET. Note that these times may adjust based on the length of the undercard bouts.
Q: Where can I watch the fight? A: In the UK, the fight will be broadcast on TNT Sports. In the U.S., it will be streamed on ESPN+. For more details, viewers can check ESPN+’s website.
Q: Where is the fight taking place? A: The fight is set to be held at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England.
Q: Can you provide some information on Nick Ball and Isaac Dogboe’s records and biographies? A: Sure.
- Nick Ball is British, born on February 28, 1997, stands 5′ 2″ tall, and has an undefeated record of 18-0, including 11 KOs.
- Isaac Dogboe is Ghanaian, born on September 26, 1994, also 5′ 2″ in height, with a reach of 64″, and a record of 24-3, with 16 KOs.
Q: What other matches are included in the fight card? A: The card features several bouts:
- Liam Davies vs. Vincenzo La Femina for the European super-bantamweight title.
- Ekow Essuman vs. Harry Scarff for the British, Commonwealth, and European welterweight titles.
- Denzel Bentley vs. Nathan Heaney for the British middleweight title.
- Nate Collins vs. Zak Miller for the British and Commonwealth featherweight title.
- Hannah Rankin vs. Ema Kozin for the vacant WBC women’s super-welterweight title.
- Sol Dacres vs. Michael Webster for the English heavyweight title.