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Richard Abril survives Bogere’s take down attempts to gain SD

003AbrilvictoryIMG_7283by Paul Strauss: When did take downs (ala MMA) slip into boxing contests? Boxing is supposed to be the sweet science confined to footwork, punching, blocking, and slipping punches and numerous other refinements. An occasional clinch is permissable, but when done in excess, penalties are imposed. But, “take downs” are strictly “verboten”. If a fighter wants to engage in such tactics, he is encouraged to take up a different sport such as martial arts or MMA.

Last night at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, The Joint in Las Vegas, NV, Richard Abril 18-3-1 (8 KOs) was subjected to at least two successful take downs and multiple head butts on the part of Sharif “The Lion” Bogere 23-1-0 (15 KOs) Abril’s upright body was mauled by The lunging Lion and tossed down to the canvas. It’s probably doing MMA a disservice by comparing what happened in last night’s contest to MMA. No, what happened last night was just plain ugly. Abril was forced to do his best to ward off the flaying swings, head butts, attempted headlocks, and hip tosses engaged in by Bogere, which lacked the grace or nobility of a lion. Continue reading

Photos: Abril Retains WBA Title, Russell Wins

001AbrilvsBogereIMG_6674 It may not have been an artistic success, but WBA Lightweight World Champion Richar “El Tigre” Abril will take it.

“I am very happy to get the win, but I’m not happy at all with the way the fight went,” said Abril after retaining his WBA 135-pound title with a unanimous 12-round decision over previously undefeated Sharif “The Lion” Bogere in the main event of Saturday’s SHOWTIME BOXING – Special Edition live on SHOWTIME® from The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

The lanky, Cuban-born Abril (18-3-1, 8 KO’s), of Miami, Fla., won his first title defense by the scores of 116-110 twice and 115-111. Bogere, a Ugandan living in Las Vegas, dropped to 23-1 with 15 knockouts. Continue reading

Abril defeats Bogere; Russell Jr. dominates Gusev

By Jeff Sorby: Using his 5’11” height, WBA lightweight champion Richar Abril (18-3-1, 8 KO’s) defeated Sharif Bogere (23-1, 15 KO’s) on Saturday night by a 12 round unanimous decision in a physical at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

At times, the fight looked more like an MMA type of fight than actual boxing match, as Bogere often charged forward with his head lowered like a little ram. Abril was cut over his right eye, as well as his left from impacts from Bogere’s head.

The judges’ scored the fight 115-111, 116-110, 116-110. Continue reading

Weigh-In & Weights: Abril, Bogere, Russell Jr., Gusev & More

04Abril-DeLaHoya-BogereIMG_4758 LAS VEGAS (March 1, 2013) – All 14 boxers who will compete on Golden Boy Promotions’ fight card tomorrow, Saturday, March 2 from The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, including those who will duke it out live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) and SHOWTIME EXTREME® (8 p.m. ET/PT), made weight on their first attempts Friday at Hard Rock.

The WBA Lightweight World Championship will be on the line when defending champion Richar “El Tigre” Abril (17-3-1, 8 KO’s), of Miami, Fla., by way of Cuba, makes his first defense against unbeaten Ugandan Sharif “The Lion” Bogere (23-0, 15 KO’s), of Las Vegas, in the 12-round main event of a SHOWTIME BOXING – Special Edition on SHOWTIME. Continue reading

Abril-Bogere & Russell-Gusev Final Press Conference Quotes

006Russell-Abril--Bogere-GusevIMG_4288LAS VEGAS (Feb. 28, 2013) – Golden Boy Promotions hosted the final press conference Thursday for the big fight card this Saturday, March 2 live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) and SHOWTIME EXTREME® (8 p.m. ET/PT) from The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in LasVegas.

In the main event of a SHOWTIME BOXING – Special Edition, Cuba’s Richar “El Tigre” Abril (17-3-1, 8 KO’s), of Miami, Fla., will make the first defense of his WBA Lightweight World Championship when he meets unbeaten Ugandan Sharif “The Lion” Bogere (23-0, 15 KO’s), of Las Vegas.

The co-feature on SHOWTIME will feature undefeated, world-rated southpaw Gary Russell Jr. (23-0, 15 KO’s), of Capitol Heights, Md., against Russia’s Vyacheslav Gusev (20-2, 5 KO’s) in a 10-round featherweight bout. Continue reading

Abril, Bogere, Russell Jr. & Gusev Media Workout Quotes

03BogereIMG_3467LAS VEGAS (Feb. 27, 2013) – When Cuba’s Richard Abril (17-3-1, 8 KO’s), of Miami, Fla., steps into the ring to face undefeated Ugandan Sharif “The Lion” Bogere (23-0, 15 KO’s), of Las Vegas, this Saturday, March 2 in the main event of SHOWTIME BOXING – Special Edition live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, he will be making the first defense of his World Boxing Association (WBA) Lightweight World Championship.

The WBA recently announced that it had elevated Abril from interim champion to regular champion, a decision fully supported by both Abril and Bogere.

“I had no idea it was happening and it was definitely a surprise,” said Abril during Tuesday’s media workout at Long Life Fit Boxing Gym in Las Vegas. “But it was a great surprise. Every fighter has aspirations of becoming a world champion. Anybody who watched absolutely knows I beat Brandon Rios (in a bout on April 14, 2012) and that I deserved the decision. Ever since then, in my heart, I always considered myself the WBA champion. The WBA only made it official. Continue reading

TOMORROW! Tickets For The WBA Lightweight World Championship Between Richard Abril & Sharif Bogere At Hard Rock Hotel & Casino In Las Vegas Go On Sale

LAS VEGAS (February 16) – Tickets for the WBA Lightweight World Championship between Richard Abril and Sharif “The Lion” Bogere taking place on Saturday, March 2 at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas live on SHOWTIME go on sale tomorrow, Sunday, February 17 at noon PT. Continue reading

Bundrage-Berto & Abril-Bogere on November 24th

By Rob Smith: A fight between former IBF/WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (28-1, 22 KO’s) and IBF junior middleweight champion Cornelius Bundrage (32-4, 19 KO’s) is reportedly almost complete for November 24th and will be televised by HBO, according to RingTV. On the undercard will be a fight between lightweight contenders Richard Abril (17-3-1, 8 KO’s) going up against unbeaten contender Sharif Bogere (23-0, 15 KO’s) in a fight for the vacant WBA lightweight title. The Bogere-Abril fight is supposed to already be taking place on November 3rd, but it looks like Golden Boy Promotions will be pushing it back to November 24th. Continue reading