Isaac “The Royal Storm” Dobgoe stopped his Mexican opponent Cesar Juarez in the fifth round in the WBO interim super feather weight bout at the Bukom Boxing Arena on Saturday night.
Juarez was surprised when referee Tony Weeks stopped the bout.
"Actually I feel very angry. The fight was already mine, Dogboe did not beat me. The one who robbed me and beat me was Tony. He is a professional referee but today there was an act on his part with little professional ethics," Juarez said to ESPN Deportes.
Dogboe had been lining up for a perfect moment to deliver a decisive punch, and with 59 seconds left in round five, his Mexican counterpart walked into a left hook.
Juarez swayed momentarily, and then went down.
Between the moment he hit the canvas and the time Tony Weeks stopped the fight, exactly five seconds had elapsed. Replays show that Juarez may be right: Weeks did not give him enough time nor did the ref clearly give him the count. And once the fight was stopped, the Mexican could be seen protesting against Weeks as the ref held him tight.
The loss sets the Mexican one step back as Dogboe now has the chance to a mandatory title fight with Mexican-American Jesse Magdaleno, who put off his initially planned fight with Juarez due to a wrist injury.
Dogboe is now the World Boxing Organization's interim-super bantamweight title holder, and should Magdaleno not honour their scheduled fight, the Ghanaian will be elevated automtically to champion status.