Wednesday January 19 2011

World title in sight for Bogere

By James Ssekandi & Agencies


Ugandan pugilist Sharif ‘The Lion’ Bogere has vowed to continue dropping opponents until he lands a world title shot.

Bogere had a successful 2010, winning all his five fights that included four knockouts and penned a two-year deal with Golden Boy Promotions owned by boxing icon Oscar De la Hoya.

“As long as I beat guys and move up in world rankings, by the end of this year I should be a mandatory challenger for the WBC and WBO titles,” the US-based Bogere told Daily Monitor.

The 22-year-old lightweight boxer is currently ranked 23rd by WBC and WBO whose titles are held by Mexicans Humberto Soto and Juan Manuel Marquez respectively.

“I don’t fight countries but individuals, I know Mexicans are good but how many have I beaten ?” Bogere, who is managed by Jimmy Alex and trained by Kenny Adams, asked. The Ugandan has beaten six Mexicans.

Meanwhile, another US-based Ugandan professional fighter, Ismail ‘Sharp Shooter’ Muwendo (7-O, 4Kos) started the year in style with a stunning fifth round knockout victory over American David Laque on Monday morning in Minnesota.

Laque (21-3, 11Kos) was physically superior according to but that didn’t stop Muwendo from handing him a punishment over five rounds.
Muwendo was sharp with his jabs and defended well.