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FLOYD MAYWEATHER, 10-Time World Champion

“In 18 years I haven’t brought my best out yet. Being around the sport for so long, I have a lot of experience. I’ve boxed my whole life. I’ve never worked a job.

“As I get older I want to settle down and be with my family. I’ve had enough fun.

“It feels good to be in camp. Everyone on the team is ready to go out and do what we do best.

“This is a give and take type of sport. Al Haymon has done a good job. Leonard Ellerbe has done a good job. Now it’s time for me to go out and do what I do.

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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

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

Schaefer working on Broner’s next fight; Abril a possibility

By Jeff Sorby: With the news that WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns will be fighting on January 26th in Glasgow, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer is left with Richard Abril (17-3-1, 8 KO’s) as the possible next opponent for WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (25-0, 21 KO’s) to fight on February 16th on HBO in the United States. Schaefer wanted to get Burns to take the fight in a unification bout, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen as Burns’ promoter is already talking about putting him in action on 1/26 instead of letting him fight Broner.

Abril is about as good as Burns, if not better. There’s much difference between those two fighters except that Abril is the far better fighter defensively compared to Burns and he’s got the shoulder roll defense that Floyd Mayweather Jr. uses.

Schaefer said to ESPN “I am going to convince him [Burns] him to go directly to Broner for February 16, but if Burns does not work out then maybe Richard Abril.” Continue reading