Dogobe edges Gonzalez in a close battle

Joet Gonzalez and Isaac Dogobe have had high highs and had some tough lows. Dogobe is a former champ with two losses to current WBO kingpin at 126 Emmanuel Navarrete. Gonzalez has had two title shots and dropped both one to Shakur Stevenson and to the aforementioned Navarrete. With a title eliminator up, they met to get another shot. The fight delivered and scores were close. Dogobe was awarded a split decision verdict with scores of (96-94×2 Dogobe and 96-94 Gonzalez). 

HINCKLEY, MINNESOTA – JULY 23: Isaac Dogboe (L) and Joet Gonzalez (R) exchange punches during their WBO International featherweight championship at Grand Casino Hinckley on July 23, 2022 in Hinckley, Minnesota. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)

Dogobe (24-2, 15kos) has worked to rediscover himself since his second loss and seems to have done it. Gonzalez just wants another shot. The fought with everything they could as this crossroads battle delivered. Dogobe come out better early as you’d have easily given him the first three round or at least two of three. 

The tide changed in the 4th.

Gonzalez landed an overhand right that buckled Dogobe and put him in the fight. He pressed on and attacked as Dogobe showed improvements as he didn’t take too much more punishment. Gonzalez later said, “Maybe I should have stepped on the gas a little more.” Dogobe survived and knew what he had to do.

The middle rounds showed Gonzalez push forward and press the attack as he took some rounds. The scorecards were close and the last couple of rounds would decide the winner. 

Dogobe bit down and did enough as all three judges gave him the 10th. The fight to many could’ve gone either way, but two of three went with Dogobe. Gonzalez felt he won, and he has a right to, when the fight is that close it makes sense. 

Next up for each is up in the air. Gonzalez said he loves a rematch, but Dogobe put himself in line for a title show who knows, but neither fighter should feel bad as they gave a good fight.

              Cabrera dominates Flores Jr

HINCKLEY, MINNESOTA – JULY 23: Gabriel Flores Jr (L) and Giovanni Cabrera (R) exchange punches during their lightweight fight at Grand Casino Hinckley on July 23, 2022 in Hinckley, Minnesota. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)

Giovanni Cabrera wanted to make a statement and he did just that seven seconds in. Cabrera (21-0 7kos) dropped Gabriel Flores Jr (21-2 7kos) seven seconds into the fight. You know it was a good shot, but once Flores went down again later in round one you knew it changed everything. Cabrera came in with a chip on his shoulder and he told people he had power and it showed. Flores Jr again showed heart and grit but could not make a dent.

Flores Jr does not know the meaning of quit and he continued to step in and go towards Cabrera, but in round five he went down again. Three knockdowns and not being able to hurt Cabrera spelled a long night. Flores Jr landed some good shots, but with not enough juice on them had no effect on Cabrera. Cabrera made his point and at times looked for that one shot but had done enough to pull out the fight. The question for Flores is what now. This is his second loss in three fights, and both have been bad losses. He takes a lot of punishment as he won’t stop trying. He needs to be saved from himself because he has too much heart. Flores Jr stated “the gameplan was kind of a blur.” Following the attack in round one, but he showed issues that seem to not improve and if he can’t add some strength then he may not be long for the ring