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Richar Abril Defends World Boxing Association Lightweight Belt From Sharif Bogere

By Peter Allman

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In a 12 round World Boxing Championship fight at The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Richar Abril 18-3-1[8 knockouts] won by unanimous decision over Sharif Bogere 23-1 [15 knockouts] Golden Boy Promotions, Oscar De La Hoya was elated over the attendance of this fight card. Bogere the aggressor had one point taken away from him for a head butt in the 12th round, while Abril had a point taken away from him in the 8th round. Abril was warmed by the referee Russel Mora 5 times for holding during the fight. According to the score cards Judge Chris Wilson scored it 116=110 in favor of Abril winning most rounds except rounds 2, 7, and 11.

Robert Hoyle had it 115-111 in favor of Abril, winning all rounds except rounds 2, 3, 6, and 7. Patricia Morse Jarman has it 116-110 for Abril, giving him all rounds but 2, 7, and 11. Although referee Russel More may have been lenient to Abril, it was a hard match up with Abril having a much bigger reach. Shostats showed Bogere throwing 614 punches and connecting 93, while Abril threw 433 punches and connected 152. Jabs thrown by Bogere were 305, connecting 42, and Abril throwing 208 jabs, connecting 29. Abril on the other hand thrown 225 power punches and landed 123, with Bogere throwing 309 and connecting 51.

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In a 10 round fight, Gary Russel Jr. 22-0 [13 knockouts] won a unaminous decision over Vyacheslav Gusev 21-1-0 [13 knockouts] of Russia. Russell had trown 797 punches to Gusev's 214, connecting 229 to Gusev's 33. Russell also threw 510 jabbs connecting 105, while Gusev threw 47 connecting 1 jab. Russel's power punches thrown were 287 connecting 124, were Gusev threw 167 and connected 32. All three judges, Duane Ford, Ricardo Ocasio and Glenn Trowbridge had scored it 100-89 in favor of Gary Russel Jr. The broadcasts on Showtime will re air in the future.

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Photographer: Mary Ann Owen