One of Mayweather Promotions iconic, debonair boxer- Sharif ‘The Lion’ Bogere - should be ready to challenge for a tittle in the Lightweight division now.
Bogere, 32-1, 20KOs continues to show signs of readiness each time he fights in trail contests.
Last Friday at the Sam’s Hotel and Gambling Hall, Las Vegas Nevada - USA, Bogere was so superb; he punched in a style only he can against battle-hardened Oscar Mauricio “La Maquina” Bravo Rodrigues of Chile.
The one-sided Welterweight contest had Bogere register 100-90, 99-91 and 99-91 for a unanimous decision victory. It was Bogere’s first fight against a Chilean opponent in the Welterweight Division.
He is back. Yes, Bogere is back and brilliant as ever. The Ugandan dominated the entire fight. He boxed with sheer precision and great strength.
You can’t blame the blinking fan in the first row of the VIP seats at Sam’s Hotel, who missed seeing that straight punch in the sixth round that sent Bravo on the ropes, and also caused a big cut on the Chilean’s left eye.
According to the statistics experts, the punch was traveling at 108 miles per hour off Bogere’s dominant right hand. No prize is worth for one to get in the way of such hit. It could only have been the Chilean pugilist.
Bravo’s responses were few and thin whenever they came since most of the time he was guarding and running around in the ring.
He could only offer a smattering of jabs.
Awaited title fight
Bogere’s manager Jimmy Alex was again admitted that his boxer is long overdue a title fight, and disclosed it was the next course of action.
“Like I have always told you, Bogere belongs in that category of top boxers in his division. We are past the injury issues that have affected him for so long,” Alex, spoke with an assured look.
“He was so impressive in this last fight. So after a few days of rest, we are going to have a meeting basically to discuss a way forward for a title fight and I am sure he will have a big fight early next year.
“Now we are also potentially looking at one more tune-up contest for him this year.”
Bogere who is known for his fierce fighting style of quick speed and domineering ring presence, is daring to take on anyone of the current three belt holders in the lightweight division, Raymundo Beltran (WBO lightweight champion), Mikey Garcia (IBF and WBC lightweight champion) and Vasyl Anatoliyovich Lomachenko (WBA champion).
Big Boys League
“Honestly at the moment I just have to wait to hear from my Promoters and see what is next for me,” Bogere, confident as ever, said.
“But you should know I am always ready since I never rest. I am always training. I can fight anyone in this division at any time including Beltran, Garcia and Lamachenko. I am open for any opportunity at Lightweight and Superlightweight.”
The most surprising but rather interesting fact is that seven years ago, Bogere beat Beltran in a World Boxing Organisation NABO Lightweight fight to be crowned Champion. Beltran, who is the current WBO Lightweight champion, was under the training of legendary coach Freddie Roach, then.