Advertisement
Advertisement

Bogere: Abril Won't Hold Me Like He Did With Rios

By Ryan Burton

Lightweight contender Sharif Bogere (23-0) is finally getting the title shot that he has been waiting for. The Uganda native faces WBA interim-lightweight champion Richard Abril (17-3-1) on March 2. The fight will be televised by Showtime.

"I have been waiting for this moment. It is a real dream come true. I will be ready for the fight," Bogere told Boxingscene.com.

Bogere was in attendance for Abril's last fight, a controversial split decision loss to Brandon Rios. Bogere shares the sentiments of many observers who felt that Abril did enough to win the fight even though he came out on the short end of the stick on the scorecards.

"He beat Rios. I was there and I watched the fight. Abril is a slick fighter. He has good skills but I do too and its going to be a good night for me."

The Rios-Abril fight wasn't the most aesthetically pleasing fight and won't be in the running for any Fight of the Year awards.  Abril used a lot of holding and grabbing tactics to nullify Rios' aggressive, straight forward style. Bogere doesn't feel that Abril will be able to successfully use that strategy against him.

"I think he was able to do that to Rios because of Brandon Rios' style," said Bogere who is a lot more of a mover and is quicker than Rios.  "My style is different than Rios. I don't think he will be able to do that against me. I am not going to give him a chance to grab me like he did to Rios."

Bogere's nickname is "The Lion". He wears a lion outfit and is transported inside of a cage during his ring walk. His flashy ring entrance has gained him a lot of notoriety in Las Vegas where he lives and trains.  He said that this is the fight he needs to make him  a star and that he has something extra planned for his ring walk.

"After this fight the fans will know who Sharif "The Lion" Bogere is. We are going to bring the lion costume and the cage but we are going to spice it up with a new twist. Make sure you check out the fight," Bogere revealed.

Send questions or comments to [email protected] Follow Ryan on Twitter @ringsidewriter and tune in to The Boxing Lab, BoxingScene's
official audio on Tuesdays. The show is hosted by Ernie Gabion, Luis Sandoval and Ryan Burton

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Amir Khan Says Land For Boxing Academy is Now in Dispute Team USA: Olympic Postmortem De La Hoya on Canelo-GGG: We Can't Afford To Wait Beyond 2017 Chocolatito: Cuadras Talks A lot, But I'll Prove it in The Ring! Golovkin: No Big Fights at 168, I Make 160 Easy - I'm Not Big 160 Juanma: Business Opportunity Made Me Return, Not Vazquez Morrison, Golub, Baranchyk, Peterkin Head To 9/23 ShoBox Robert Guerrero: I'm Ready For a World Title Shot Right Now! Photos: Gennady Golovkin, Roman Gonzalez Big Bear Media Day Saunders Still a Possibility for Canelo, Golden Boy Focused on Smith Jon Fernandez, Jose Roman Ink Pacts With Lou DiBella De La Hoya: Canelo a 154-Pounder, Will Fight Golovkin When Ready! Jarrell Miller's Promoter: He's Ready For Any World Champion Canelo: Margarito Fight Will NEVER Happen, He Should Retire Ramiro Carrillo, Achour Esho Return on October 1, UIC Pavilion Joshuanthony Ortiz, Edgardo Laboy Ink Pacts With Miguel Cotto Canelo Admits Move To 160 is Likely Next For His Career Mason Menard Puts a Target on The Back of Terry Flanagan Anthony Joshua-David Price Ruled Out For The Fall By Hearn James Kirkland Arrested Over Child Support Beef Photos: Anthony Crolla, Jorge Linares Go Face To Face Photos: Glowacki, Usyk - Go Face To Face at Open Workouts Jessie Vargas: "On November 5th I Will Shut The Critics Up!" Daniel Jacobs: Brook Just Too Small To Survive Against Golovkin Golovkin Laughs at Froch, Eubank: Those Clowns Won't Fight Me! J'Leon Love Will Face Dashon Johnson on September 16 Marlon Tapales vs. Paul Butler in The Works For The Fall De La Hoya: Canelo-Smith Will Have Up To 60,000 Fans at Venue! Frampton: The UK Has 14 World Champions - Not All Are Legit! Gerard Carroll To Fight Twice In Eight Days De La Hoya: Canelo-Golovkin Won't Take 6 Years, But Not Now Daniel Geale vs. Renold Quinlan, Vacant IBO 168 Belt on 10/14 Tom Brown Reflects on The Lost Art of Building a Fighter Amir Khan Plans To Fight in January, May and December Caleb Plant Dominates De Angel in PBC on FS1 Main Event Jhonny Gonzalez vs. Hirotsugu Yamamoto Card Coming Together Canelo-Smith on Pace To Outdo Pacquiao, Says Golden Boy VP Video: Abel Sanchez on Brook, Andre Ward, 160 Landscape Video: Loeffler Talks Brook-Golovkin, Jacobs, Carl Froch, More Video: Gennady Golovkin Talks Kell Brook, Unification, More
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement