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TV channel, UK fight time and full undercard for Joet Gonzalez vs Isaac Dogboe

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As it stands, Joet Gonzalez is in the unusual position where the defeats on his record have done little to dampen his reputation.

Gonzalez only loses to the greats and there is nobody suggesting he does not deserve a third world title shot. To get there, though, he first has to beat Isaac Dogboe in an eliminator for the WBC belt, with Gonzalez’s WBO International title also on the line.

Dogboe is a former WBO junior-featherweight world champion, but he will pose nothing like the power Gonzalez has already faced in reigning WBC champion Shakur Stevenson or Emanuel Navarrete. Both beat him by unanimous decision, but he showed he can use his reach from him, box solidly and withstand an awful lot of punishment.

“I took a lot from the Navarrete fight,” Gonzalez says. “You live and learn each and every day. From that fight, I think I showed most of the people what I’m about and what I’m willing to do to get my hand raised.

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“Unfortunately, I didn’t get my hand raised, but I was in that fight for all 12 rounds. If I was hurt, I wouldn’t have fought the way I fought. For the most part, I made that fight exciting. But it is what it is, and now I can’t wait to face Isaac Dogboe.”

Dogboe, likewise, found his level against Navarrete. After his two losses to the Mexican, he took a brief break from boxing to focus on studying, fulfilling a lifelong regret at not going to university.

Since then, he has not always convinced – winning two of his three fights by mixed decision and one by TKO – but it is still not entirely clear why he hasn’t quite captured the public imagination in the UK, the country he moved to from Ghana as a child.

The team behind him haven’t always helped with his PR, with father Paul once making derogatory comments about opponent Jessie Magdaleno for which promoter Bob Arum had to apologise. Dogboe Sr threatened to throw Magdaleno, who is of Mexican heritage, “over the wall” and give her title to then President Donald Trump.

Now, he is aware that he could do with a more measured approach both in and out of the ring. “There are times where I should be learning how to box, but then Isaac Dogboe just ends up being Isaac Dogboe and just comes out with all guns blazing because he wants to let off steam,” he says. “But it’s been a gradual process.”

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Gonzalez vs. Dogboe

  • Date: Saturday 23 July
  • Venue: Grand Casino, Minnesota, USA
  • Fight time: Ring walks for the main event are expected around 4am UK time
  • TV/live stream: Sky SportsAction. You can also stream the action on Sky Go, or with a NOW pass
  • Undercard highlights: Guido Vianello is looking like an exciting prospect at heavyweight and he takes on Rafael Rios. Up-and-coming lightweight Abdullah Mason is also worth catching early in his fight against Luis Fernandez
  • Yo predictions: Gonzalez to win by unanimous decision

full card

Subject to change

  • Joet Gonzalez vs. Isaac Dogboe, 10 rounds, (Gonzalez’s WBO International Featherweight Title & WBC Title Eliminator)
  • Gabriel Flores Jr. vs. Giovanni Cabrera 10 rounds, lightweight
  • Javier Martinez vs. Pachino Hill, 6 rounds, middleweight
  • Guido Vianello vs. Rafael Rios, 8 rounds, heavyweight
  • Haven Brady Jr. vs. Aaron Echeveste, 6 rounds, featherweight
  • Colton Warner vs. Jimmy Barnes, 4 rounds, heavyweight
  • Abdullah Mason vs. Luis Fernandez, 4 rounds, lightweight
  • Antonio Mireles vs. Dennys Reyes, 4 rounds, heavyweight
  • Dante Benjamin Jr vs. Corey Thompson, 4 rounds, light heavyweight
  • Antonio Woods vs. Darryl Jones, 6 rounds, middleweight

Any other business

  • Oleksandr Usyk is believed to have brought Deontay Wilder’s trainer Malik Scott into his camp, an unusual break from his usual corner.
  • Usyk has been stepping up preparations to face Anthony Joshua in Jeddah, amid reports he has even had sparring partners sent home because of the damage he’s been inflicting.
  • We are still awaiting an official announcement of Conor Benn’s grudge match with Chris Eubank Jr, but Benn has warned him it will be his “last fight.”

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