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Dogboe a go go? Carl Frampton hints at Las Vegas return

Carl Frampton [26(15)-2(0)] fueled Iaasc Dogboe [20(14) 2(1)] Las Vegas speculation this afternoon.

News broke of a possible November 30 meeting between the former world champions in the first week of this month.

It was said Frampton would finally get to make his Top Rank debut and Dogboe would be seen at featherweight for the first time on the top of an California hosted ESPN card.

However, as recent as last week the 32-year-old Belfast fighter claimed Dogboe ignorance.

The former two weight world champion revealed the recent super bantamweight champion of the world was mentioned, but among a list of names. The Belfast fighter confirmed the London based Ghanaian or date wasn’t discussed beyond that.

Then The Irish News yesterday reported, that the Jamie Moore trained fighter and ‘Royal Storm’ look set to fight in Las Vegas in November – and speculation re the fight returned.


One of only two Irish two weight Irish world champions and three unified world champions added to the talk today when he tweeted:


If the fight is to go ahead it will be the second time Frampton fought in Las Vegas. His first fight on the strip was back in January of 2017 and Vegas hosted his first career defeat, a points reverse suffered at the gloves of Leo Santa Cruz.

The fight would also be ‘The Jackal’s’ first as a Top Rank fighter and his first bout since his IBF world title defeat to Josh Warrington in December.

The Top Rank fighter was meant to fight under the banner in August until a freak accident  ruled him out of his proposed clash with Emmanyel Dominguez. 

Dogboe certainly isn’t a gimme return, he is also a former world champ and will be fighting to keep his career alive.

The Ghanaian-Brit fought at the London 2012 Olympics, but didn’t medal. However, he has gone on to secure pro trinkets. The diminutive puncher stopped Jessie Magdaleno – who won a world title with victory over Nonito Donaire – to claim the WBO super bantamweight title in April of 2018.

After a successful defense against  Japanese opposition, the London-based fighter then lost the strap to noted Mexican puncher Navarrete. Indeed, Dogboe had two fights against the now reigning champ losing on points in December of last year before being stopped in the last round of a May rematch.

Dogboe was also mentioned as a potential opponent for Michael Conlan, who fights in New York on December 14, but Conlan will now fight former Olympic foe Vladimir Nikitin.

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com