Abril: I'll Be Healed By June, Ready For Adrien Broner

By Ryan Burton

Richard Abril (18-3-1, 8KOs) successfully defended his WBA lightweight belt Saturday night against Sharif Bogere in a fight that resembled a MMA fight more than a boxing match. Abril said that he adjusted to Bogere's style early on in the fight and he blamed the African for the dirty tactics that were prevalent throughout the fight.

"I felt him out in the first round and I studied him to see what he was going to do but with the way the referee called the fight it ended up going the way that it went," Abril explained.

Last year Abril lost a controversial split decision to Brandon Rios in Las Vegas. He admitted to being a little bit nervous when the final scorecards were read. He said that he felt he was in control of the fight but was worried that the referee might disqualify him. 

"Yes I definitely was a little bit nervous. I knew that I was dominating the fight but with the way the referee was calling the fight I was worried he might disqualify me," Abril told

After Abril was declared the winner, the Cuban immediately called out WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner who was ringside for the fight. As previously reported by Boxingscene's Rick Reeno, Broner is scheduled to return on June 15th at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Abril suffered a deep gash over his eye that was caused by headbutt in the 8th round of the fight. I asked his trainer Osmiri Fernandez if he felt that his fighter would be ready to return to the ring in time for a. Fight against Broner.

"Absolutely. The doctor said after 20 days he will be ready to resume training. We have plenty of time."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by CubanGuyNYC on 03-05-2013

[QUOTE=Money_May;13112567]:lol1: I meant his fighting style not his looks lol[/QUOTE] lmao I initially had that question in my mind, but I finally concluded that you must've meant Abril's [I]fighting style[/I] is ugly.

Comment by Money_May on 03-05-2013

[QUOTE=ColdCa$hCanelo;13109088]you never seen Carlos Maussa? [SIZE="1"][I]Posted from App for Android[/I][/SIZE][/QUOTE] [QUOTE=New England;13109980]abril's wife is smoking.[/QUOTE] :lol1: I meant his fighting style not his looks lol

Comment by BendOver on 03-04-2013

I see Abril giving Broner a very hard time, will be the first time Broner will face an opponent his size or bigger than him, good technician and with a chip on his shoulder, although Abril is not a KO…

Comment by Light_Speed on 03-04-2013

[QUOTE=CubanGuyNYC;13107955]Broner's very talented. I dislike the guy, personally, but I hate denial. Abril is a spoiler type of fighter. He's very crafty, very intelligent, but he might not be active enough to win on the cards. He's not KOing Broner,…

Comment by Alpha & Omega on 03-04-2013

Respect to Abril's skills but he is boring to watch. He is not dynamic at all, does nothing remarkable and just is not exciting whatsoever. Skilled as he may be, he won't ever be a top draw or an elite…

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