On the final Tuesday of the Top Rank on ESPN Tuesday/Thursday series, former WBO Junior Featherweight champion Isaac “Brave Son” Dogboe, 21-2 (15 KOs) faced off against Chris “The Hitman” Avalos, 27-8 (20 KOs) to open up the show in the Las Vegas “Bubble.” Dogboe opened things up in the first in a very controlled manner as he utilized his jab with excellent precision allowing him to land clean power shots on Avalos. Dogboe continued the same strategy in the second as he looked to show that the change to working under the tutelage of Barry Hunter of the renowned Headbangers Gym in Washington DC was going to pay off well.
Dogboe was deducted a point for hitting low in the fifth round though referee Russell Mora hadn’t issued any stern warning prior. Dogboe continued to work behind the jab in the sixth though he ina sense took his level of output down a tone Avalos started to gain a bit of momentum in the seventh as the output of Dogboe remained lower than previous rounds. Avalos started to dig in, head forward, as he looed to work Dogboe’s body though Dogboe did catch him with a solid right hook on the inside.
In the eighth and final round, Dogboe came out aggressive and more focused as he started to sit down on his punches looking to get Avalos out of there. Through the first minute, Avalos started to get caught cleanly with head-snapping right hooks. Dogboe also remained focused on landing his left hook to the body. Dogboe caught Avalos with a solid three punch combination near the ropes before again catching him with a hard right hook that stunned Avalos which forced referee Russell Mora to step in to halt the fight as Avalos staggered back. It went down as a technical knockout victory at 2:25 of round eight giving Dogboe a surely warming victory coming off of two title fight losses to Emanuel Navarrete.