Isaac Dogboe's incredible 2018 will end with a date at Madison Square Garden in December.
Top Rank Boxing announced Dogboe will defend his WBO super bantamweight title on December 8 as as the co-feature fight to the December 8 Top Rank on ESPN card at MSG. Dogboe will defend his title against Emanuel Navarrete.
The fight will be the first one under a new deal Dogboe signed with Top Rank that will have the African champion fight at least three times a year. Dogboe's last three fights were on boxing cards promoted by Top Rank.
Dogboe made a rapid ascent to the top of the 122-pound mountain. After winning the interim title back in January in his home country of Ghana, Dogboe would go on to defeat Jessie Magdaleno to win the full world title on an ESPN card in Philadelphia in April. Since then, Dogboe made one defense of the WBO title, which was a first-round knockout win over Hidenori Otake. That fight took place on the August 24 Top Rank Boxing on ESPN card.
Navarrete, ranked No. 2 by the WBO, sports a 25-1 record with 22 wins coming by knockout. Navarrete has not lost a fight since the end of 2012, winning his last 20 fights.
The December 8 ESPN card will be headlined by a WBA and WBO lightweight world title unification between Vasiliy Lomachenko and Jose Pedraza. The broadcast will follow 84th Annual Heisman Memorial Trophy Presentation, which is also taking place at Madison Square Garden.