Isaac Dogboe (14-0, 9KO) has retained his WBO African Featherweight title against Uganda’s Edward Kakembo (11-1, 3KO) after a sixth round knockout at the Accra Sports Stadium on Saturday.It is Dogboe’s second defense of the belt he first won last December.Prior to the bout touted as the ‘Battle of the Rising Stars’, Kakembo had promised to chain Dogboe – who he openly called a dog – which made the matchup a very interesting one to look forward to.The event was star-studded, with ex-President Jerry John Rawlings among big games from entertainment, media, politics and sport there to grace the bout.Dogboe and Kakembo had made several high-profile stops to meet many dignitaries (as well as media engagements) in the days leading up to the game, and so it was no surprise the turnout was great.THE BOUT It lived up to expectation as the two boxers where heated up for the contest from the first round.Kakembo in the early stages showed his aggressiveness despite the free flow of punches thrown at him from the quick hands of the Ghanaian boxer, who copiously employed various combinations with his left and right as well as hooks.Dogboe showed his determination with some blistering speed combined with technique and skill on Kakembo’s head on which he occasionally got through which made him develop a cut on his face.Kakembo was fierce as ever, withstanding the Dogboe jabs. The Ghanaian tried a few uppercuts without success; Kakembo on various occasions complained to the ref that Dogboe was hitting the back of his head. The complaints were ignored.Dogboe was in cruise control as he executed a knowdown in the sixth round which saw Kakembo in a daze. And he could not go on. Kakembo, after the bout, complained about the food he had been given prior to the fight. “Ghana food was full of pepper!”, he said.[UPDATE: An earlier version of this article quoted Kakembo as saying “The food was full of vapour”.The above is actually what he said”. After the fight, the 21-year old Ghanaian, aka ‘the Royal Storm’ took to Facebook, where he thanked his fans. “Thank you to everyone for their support, those who made it and those who weren’t able to. Great Atmosphere, Great Energy n Great people.” WATCH HIGHLIGHTS OF THE FIGHT PRE-BOUT TRASH TALKThe hype around this fight was chiefly helped by the bravado show by the Ugandan, who entertained at every opportunity. Here he was speaking to Joy News on Thursday, calling Dogboe ‘a dog’…among other things. –Additional files from Sports Crusader
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Conor McGregor made an unexpected NHL appearance for St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday.The Irish UFC fighter dropped the puck ahead of a matchup between the Bruins and Blue Jackets in Boston. He was accompanied by a flag and proceeded to shake the hands of players and hype up the crowd. What’s #StPatricksDay weekend without @TheNotoriousMMA? 🇮🇪🍀 pic.twitter.com/JmqnR7vZ8r— NHL (@NHL) March 16, 2019C’mon, @TheNotoriousMMA — you can’t skip the #HockeyHandshakes now. 😉 pic.twitter.com/dfvbnutTQf— NHL (@NHL) March 16, 2019Yep, the @NHLBruins are ready to play. pic.twitter.com/hx0Wg6rYKV— NHL (@NHL) March 16, 2019Although McGregor was arrested for allegedly damaging a fan’s cell phone in Miami earlier this week, he seemed to be in high spirits.The Bruins entered Saturday enduring a three-game losing streak. The Blue Jackets had won their last two games before the contest.But McGregor seemed to favor Boston, the second-place team in the Atlantic Division. It has posted a 42-20-9 record in 2018-19.
Rick Pitino is ready to leave Greece to pursue a job in the NBA. The Hall of Fame coach announced on Twitter that he will not return to Panathinaikos after leading the team to a Greek League championship. “This past year has been incredible,” Pitino wrote, in part. “I’d like to thank all of the PAO players and their terrific efforts. Thanks to my staff for their loyalty and dedication. … I will miss you all greatly but I am returning home and looking forward to the next chapter in my life.”pic.twitter.com/no6GGxdL0E— Rick Pitino (@RealPitino) June 21, 2019What will the “next chapter” look like for Pitino?He told ESPN on Friday he wants pursue a full-time job in the NBA — whether that be a coaching position, a player personnel job or an advisory role.”I just want to be a part of an organization,” Pitino said last October. “I want to develop young players. I want to be part of a team. I miss it terribly. I’m using this time to really study the NBA. If something opens up with a young basketball team, I’d have deep interest in it.”I think the league is going to get younger and player development will become even more important to every organization. That’s my forte. I believe I can help an organization find a pathway to success.” Pitino, 66, won NCAA titles at Kentucky and Louisville as he led his teams to seven Final Fours and earned conference titles in the Big East, SEC and ACC.But his tenure at Louisville ended in disgrace when he was dismissed amid the program’s alleged involvement in the college basketball recruiting scandal that was investigated by the FBI. It was the latest in a series of controversies around Pitino during his time at the school, leading to Louisville’s national title and two Final Four appearances being vacated.Pitino does already have some experience in the NBA. He was head coach of the Knicks from 1987-89 before taking over the Celtics in 1997. He resigned early into his fourth season with Boston, and never enjoyed the same success in the NBA as he did in college basketball.