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Abril motivated to defend WBA title

When Richard Abril (17-3-1, 8 KOs) steps into the ring to face undefeated Ugandan Sharif “The Lion” Bogere (23-0, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, he will be making the first defense of his WBA lightweight world championship. The WBA recently announced that it had elevated Abril from interim champion to regular champion. “I had no idea it was happening and it was definitely a surprise,” said Abril during Tuesday’s media workout at Long Life Fit Boxing Gym in Las Vegas. “But it was a great surprise. Every fighter has aspirations of becoming a world champion. Anybody who watched absolutely knows I beat Brandon Rios (in a bout on April 14, 2012) and that I deserved the decision. Ever since then, in my heart, I always considered myself the WBA champion. The WBA only made it official. This motivates me even more to put on a good fight for the fans and show them that I’m the real deal.”




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