LOS ANGELES, February 22 – The Classics are back on FOX Deportes this Saturday, February 23 with a hard-hitting doubleheader featuring lightweight title challenger Sharif “The Lion” Bogere and top featherweight contender Gary Russell Jr, the stars of the March 2 Showtime televised boxing event at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
In the Classics main event, we see Bogere move from prospect to contender when he battled the always-tough Raymundo Beltran. The co-featured bout takes a look back at Russell tackling tough veteran Antonio Meza beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT.
A charismatic and exciting fighter throughout his career, Uganda’s Sharif “The Lion” Bogere, who now resides in Las Vegas, made a statement to the world that he arrived on May 13, 2011 when he won a hard-fought 10-round battle over highly-regarded Raymundo Beltran to win the vacant NABO lightweight title.
Known as one of the most technically sound boxers in the game today, Gary Russell Jr. also packs quite a punch, something Mexico’s Antonio “Barrio” Meza found out the hard way on June 17, 2011 when he was dropped three times by the 2008 United States Olympic team member before the end of the fourth round.
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Abril vs.Bogere, a 12-round fight for the vacant WBA Lightweight World
Championship, will take place Saturday, March 2 at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The event is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, sponsored by Corona and will be televised live on SHOWTIME telecast beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) with preliminary fights to air live on SHOWTIME EXTREME at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). The co-main event will be a 10-round featherweight bout between undefeated phenom Gary Russell Jr. and Russia’s Vyacheslav Gusev
Tickets priced at $150, $100, $75, $50 and $25, plus applicable taxes, fees and services charges, along with a limited number of VIP suite seats priced at $125, are on sale at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at (800) 745-3000. An exact on sale date will be announced as soon as determined.
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