Sharif Bogere: From Cub to LionWritten by Mark Weber
Entering the ring like a lion is intimidating enough....
But to actually wear a lion is something on a whole different level.
Rest-assured, fans remember him win or lose.
Somewhat reminiscent of King Jaffe Joffer (played by James Earl Jones) in Coming to America, 24 year old Lightweight title contender Sharif Bogere actually leaves his dressing room wearing what appears to be the remains to a real lion.
And his ring walk is truly one of the crazy spectacles of the sport. He'll sit inside of a cage wearing a lion's head while being carried to the ring by four African-looking men sporting nothing but lion skin cloths.
Pictured: The fictional King Jaffe Joffer played by James Earl Jones in the legendary movie, Coming to America (1988)
And while the ring entrances are entertaining, it's his display in the ring that is starting to make people buzz.
On November 24th, Bogere will face Richard Abril (17-3-1, 8 KO) for the vacant WBA Lightweight title on the undercard of Guerrero-Berto in Ontario Canada. The bout is part of a triple-header promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and will be broadcast on HBO.
Abril, by most accounts, defeated Brandon Rios (at jr welterweight) last April despite losing a hotly disputed decision in what is considered one of the worst ring verdicts in recent memory.
So where did Bogere come from?
Sharif Bogere is a native of the Uganda and became a 5-time African Champion and captain of the Ugandan national boxing team. For the past four years, he has been training in Las Vegas, Nevada under longtime, well-respected trainer Kenny Adams.
Unbeaten in 23 bouts, the Ugandan already has 15 knockouts.
After a rocky 2011, in which Bogere earned a controversial decision against veteran Raymundo Beltran and orchestrated a questionableknockout win over Francisco Contreres, Bogere has bounced back in a huge way in 2012. He's had two bouts, winning both by knockout.
He stopped Sergio Rivera in the third round in February knocked out Mexico's Manuel Leyva in Round 2 in June.
Bogere has many in the fight game excited. Aside from his crazy ring entrances, his potential is seemingly 'through the roof.' If Serif continues tearing through lightweights with such ferociousness, he just might be one of boxing's next stars.
With Adrien Broner, Miguel Vazquez, Antonio DeMarco, Ricky Burns and, now, Sharif Brogere, the lightweight division is getting very interesting.
Will the "Lion" roar on November 24 or will Abril devour his prey?
Born and raised in Philadelphia, I currently reside in South Jersey which is about 20 minutes away from Philly.
I'm a Communications major at Gloucester County College and lifelong fan of several sports, including Boxing, Mixed Martial Arts and Kickboxing.
I fell in love with Boxing during the era of the little giants... Erik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera, Manny Pacquiao, and Juan Manuel Marquez.