The Grand Casino in Hinckley, Minnesota on Saturday, July 23, witnessed a fight for relevance between Isaac “Royal Storm” Dogboe, the former WBO junior featherweight titlist, and Joet Gonzalez, a two-time title challenger.
The split–decision win over Gonzalez marked Dogboe’s fourth-straight victory, all at featherweight, and all under Hunter, while Gonzalez lost for the third time in his last five fights.
The 27-year-old Dogboe, whose career was considered over by some, was looking to make more headway as a featherweight, while the 28-year-old Gonzalez needed to prove he was still a viable featherweight contender after going 2-2 over his last four fights.
Gonzalez, who out-landed Dogboe 197-190 in total punches couldn’t match Dogboe’s 164-162 power shots.
“I said to the people that my journey can be a Hollywood blockbuster movie, and I praise God always,” Dogboe said. “I’ve always seen Barry as a very inspirational person, a father figure. He’s a person who when it seems like it’s all gone, always has something to say to you. I really needed him in my corner. He was able to pull that extra strength in me out. I want to say thanks to Joet Gonzalez. He’s a true warrior.
The ‘Royal Storm,’ I am back, baby!”