Flt Lt Rawlings described Dogboe as a hungry boxer whose chances of clinching the world title are quite good but cautioned that the real test will come after he has won the title.
“Azumah was the only person who kept it for long and won the respect of not only Ghanaians but was one of the legendary fighters in the world. You have to take a cue. If you can’t beat (Azumah’s) record let’s hope you can keep it for as long as he did,” former President Rawlings said.
Former WBC World featherweight and Super featherweight champion, Azumah Nelson who joined the former President to welcome Dogboe commended the young boxer for his exploits and urged him to continue to work hard in his bid to attain the ultimate title.
Arguably Africa’s greatest boxer, Azumah said he was looking forward to a compatriot beating his championship record, which lasted for over ten years.
Earlier Dogboe presented the title belt he won to former President Rawlings and gave a strong indication that he was ready for the world titleholder, American-Mexican Jessie Magdaleno whom he sparred with during a brief stay in Las Vegas, California.
The WBO has scheduled the bout between the two fighters for March or April, 2018.