Sharif ‘The Lion’ Bogere is of Ugandan origin, but knows Mexican boxers very well.
He has previously downed 13 of his Mexican opponents, and he is yet to suffer defeat from a Mexican boxer. No Ugandan professional boxer has ever reached this achievement.
Rodolfo Armenta was Bogere’s first Mexican victim in 2009 following a Technical Knockout in the second round of four.
Remember Cristian Favela, Julian Rodrigues and Raymond whom Bogere defeated to claim the WBO North American Boxing Organisation lightweight title in 2011?
Others include, Sergio Rivera, Manuel Leyva, Arturo Urena, Miguel Zamundo, Fernando Garcia, Joksan Hernandez , Jose Daniel Ruiz and Jose Luis Rodriguez.
“Mexican boxers are the toughest to encounter in this business. They are hard and talented but I like fighting such opponents. I am actually surprised that I have inflicted pain on such a big number like that,” said Bogere.
Bitter pill for Mexicans
Bogere’s freshest casuality from Mexico, is Arturo Santos Reyes whom the Ugandan lightweight prospect defeated Sunday morning at Sam’s Town Live in Las Vegas.
The 10 round bout, that saw Bogere (31-1) register a unanimous descion after judges scored 99-91 and 100-90 twice, was the headline fight of the Mayweather Promotions card on a night that was lit with some great fights.
Unlike his previous fights where he starts with explosive speed and aggression, Bogere deployed a tactical approach to this one. He used the first two round to study his opponent with just a few jabs and a couple of body punches.
The fifth and seventh rounds were the most active for the former Kampala Boxing Club boxer. He exerted his aggression on Reyes, who sought refuge on the ropes following a left hook and right hand in the face.
The Mexican touched the canvas at the start of the seventh round due to a strong left hook from Bogere and was later in the 9th round saved by the bell from sinking into a flood of punches.
Reyes had some moments of brilliance but caused less scare to Bogere who dominated the fight from start to the end.
Bogere looked sharp, controlled and Indeed a prospect for a title challenge, should a chance come his way.
First bout under Real Deal Boxing
Meanwhile, Katende, Uganda’s 2016 Olympian, won his first fight under Evander Holyfield’s Real Deal Sports & Entertainment, outfoxing Ukranian Lyubomyr Pinchuck (4-1, 3 KOs) at the Sugar House Casino, Philadelphia, USA on January 27.
Katende, who joined Holyfield’s new promotion last November, showed intent by knocking down his opponent in the first round with a strong left but the Pittsburgh-based Pinchuck stood the distance, in what looked a very competitive bout.
Nevertheless, Katende deservedly won the cruiserweight encounter after impressing the judges who scored it 58-55 and 59-54 twice. To be specific, as per The Fight Forum, Katende won five rounds on one judge’s card and four on the other two.
The Uganda based in Sweden, was the only winner after his six-rounder as all the other bouts on the card were stoppages, including the main event in which lightweight Steven Ortiz knocked Joshua Davis in the second round.
Katende’s victory was the third since he turned professional after the Rio 2016 Olympics. His victory in Philadelphia preceded that of fellow Ugandan immigrant Sharif Bogere, who outwitted Mexican Arturo Santos Reyez in the main event on Mayweather Promotions card in Las Vegas Sunday morning (East African time). Bogere had ‘promoted’ Katende’s fight alongside his on Facebook. Santos was Bogere’s 14th Mexican victim.
SHARIF Bogere’s Mexican CULPRITS
1. Rodolfo Armenta
2. Cristian Favela
3. Julian Rodrigues
4. Raymundo Beltran
5. Sergio Rivera
6. Manuel Leyva
7. Arturo Urena
8. Miguel Zamundo
9. Fernando Garcia
10. Joksan Hernandez
11. Jose Daniel Ruiz
12. Jose Luis Rodriguez
13. Arturo Santos Reyez