Advertisement
Advertisement

Photos: Abril vs. Bogere, Russell vs. Gusev Open Workout

LAS VEGAS  – When Cuba’s Richar 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 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.

“This motivates me even more to put on a good fight for the fans and show them that I’m the real deal.”

Said Bogere after his workout, “I don’t think anybody is satisfied fighting for an interim title.  We want a full title, a world title.  I’ve been waiting my whole life for this chance.  Uganda is one of the poorest countries on the planet.  Most people don’t know how hard it’s been to get from where I started to where I’m at now.  Fighting for the WBA title is an opportunity of a lifetime.

“People talk about my ring entrance, and that’s really good.  It’s gotten me a lot of attention.  They may not know my name, but they’ve maybe heard of the kid and his lion.  I’m confident that after Saturday, people will know my name and know who I am.’’

In Saturday’s co-feature, talented, undefeated southpaw Gary Russell Jr. (23-0, 15 KO’s), of Capitol Heights, Md., meets Russia’s Vyacheslav Gusev (20-2, 5 KO’s) in a 10-round featherweight bout.

Russell is coming off of one of 2012’s most devastating knockout victories, a brutal one-punch, third-round stoppage over Roberto Castaneda last Nov. 9 on ShoBox: The New Generation.

“I’m satisfied with the way my career is going and at the pace it’s going,’’ said the classy, world-rated Russell, who may possess the fastest hands in boxing.  “I refuse to listen to anybody who says anything negative about it.  I think in a couple more fights I’ll be ready to challenge for a world title.

“I’m not overlooking anybody.  I’ve seen tapes of Gusev and he seems to have that classic European style, although he does try and box.  He certainly has the potential to be a spoiler.  He’s the type that if you allow him to set the pace, he’ll run up the points on you.  I expect a good fight on Saturday.”

Said Gusev, who’ll be making his second start in the United States: “I’m very relaxed, calm and confident.  I’ve seen some of Russell’s fights and know he is a very good fighter.

“I’m excited about this fight and looking forward to it.  It’s not going to be easy, but I am here to win.  I didn’t come all this way to lose.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by *ANGRY CUBAN* on 03-01-2013

[QUOTE=mex602;13094991]abril sucks....he is just going to run[/QUOTE] I know how you feel..is all good..

Comment by ddangerous on 03-01-2013

[QUOTE=Rip Chudd;13097676]would you care to wager some points?[/QUOTE] I'll take it. 10 bil?

Comment by Rip Chudd on 03-01-2013

[QUOTE=hougigo;13095707]Methinks Bogere is going to win this. Who're the judges again?[/QUOTE] would you care to wager some points?

Comment by ddangerous on 02-28-2013

[QUOTE=Dominicano Soy;13094998]Bogere is dirty, that's one thing Abril has to worry about but this should be easy if the ref fairly enforces the rules.[/QUOTE] That, and he has a VERY high work rate. 10th round he still looks fresh. "Lion"…

Comment by Hougigo on 02-28-2013

Methinks Bogere is going to win this. Who're the judges again?

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (17)
Top Headlines 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 Video: Roman Gonzalez Talks Cuadras Clash, Training Camp LaRon Mitchell Expects Tough Fight With Mario Heredia Luis Ortiz Brushes Off Golden Boy Split, Vows To Batter Ustinov Video: Gennady Golovkin Putting in Work For Kell Brook Fight Gervonta Davis, Floyd Mayweather at Odds, Sosa Bout in Doubt? Errol Spence Over The Moon With MONSTER Rating of 6 Million Liam Smith Warns: I'm Coming in There To Knock Canelo Out! Orlando Salido vs. Takashi Miura Showdown in The Works Eddie Ramirez-Kevin Watts Top FS1 on PBC, September 13 Luis Ortiz, Golden Boy Promotions Officially Part Ways Lemieux vs. Stevens Still Being Worked on, Says Golden Boy VP Jessie Vargas Reflects on The Kell Brook Fight Falling Out Saunders Trashes Eubank Jr. and His Father: Stop Talking Sh*t! Kell Brook: I'm Not Done With 147, I'd Fight Errol Spence! Del Valle Vows To Take The Fight To De La Hoya on Canelo-Smith Luke Campbell vs. Derry Mathews Set For October 15 Margarito Still Aiming For Canelo, Major Opponent in The Fall Kovalev's Coach: Ward's Lack of Power Will Be Biggest Drawback Eubank Frustrated: Golovkin is Running Scared, He Lost Respect! Eduard Troyanovsky-Keita Obara Card Coming Together For 9/9 Nicola Adams To Ponder Next Career Move, Will She Go Pro? Dereck Chisora: I Want Pulev Rematch, I'm Ready To Face Anyone Rio Team Summary: Uzbekistan Tops Cuba, Makes HUGE Splash Cameron Hammond: Commonwealth Shot Is Career Launchpad
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement