Sharif “The Lion Warrior” Bogere will face off against veteran Martin Tucker in an eight round lightweight showdown in the main event of Hometown Heroes, set for tomorrow night, April 2nd at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas.
The undefeated Bogere, sporting a record of 14-0-0 (8KO’s), is coming off his career best victory, a third round stoppage over once beaten Jose Hernandez on February 26th in El Paso, Texas.
Only 21 years old, Bogere, the former captain of the Ugandan National Boxing Team, is among the most exciting prospects in boxing. With his colorful ring walk in full LION’S headdress to his all-action style of fighting, Bogere has become a must-see attraction in his adopted state of Nevada where he has fought nine of his professional bouts.
Toledo, Ohio native Tucker, 7-5-0 (3KO’s), also recently had the biggest win of his five year professional career. On October 10th, the 30 year old ventured to New York City to battle local undefeated prospect Michael Torres at Madison Square Garden. Dropping the fan favorite Torres twice, Tucker went on to win a six round unanimous decision.
The upset minded Tucker followed that up by facing undefeated prospect Lanard Lane on February 19th in Cleveland, Ohio . After eight outstanding rounds of ESPN2 televised action, Tucker would fall short in the scoring losing a unanimous decision.
Also appearing at HOMETOWN HEROES will be many of boxing’s finest prospects including undefeated lightweight sensation Terence Crawford, 10-0-0 (7KO’s), pro debuting Las Vegas native Bradley Blankenship, bantamweight Robert Rodriguez, 2-0-0, welterweight Michael Finney, 1-0-0 (1KO) and lightweight Fidel Maldonado Jr. , 1-0-0 (1KO).
Also featured at HOMETOWN HEROES is all-action junior lightweight Lonnie Smith, 9-2-2 (6KO’s) and returning super middleweight Eddie Salas, 7-3-0 (5KO’s).
Advance tickets for HOMETOWN HEROES, priced at $100, $50 and $30, can be purchased through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com., 1-800-745-3000) and the RIO CASINO box office (www.riolasvegas.com., 1-888-746-7784).
The RIO CASINO is located at 3700 W. Flamingo Road in Las Vegas . Doors on the night of the event will open at 6pm with the first bell scheduled for 6:30pm.
ABOUT TKO BOXING PROMOTIONS
Formed in early 2008, Chet Koerner’s Las Vegas based TKO BOXING Promotions, originators of the “HOMETOWN HEROES TO WORLD CHAMPIONS” national boxing series, stable includes; heavyweight Lenroy Thomas, cruiserweight Andres Taylor, super middleweight Fedor Chudinov, middleweights Peter Manfredo Jr., Elvin Ayala, James Countryman, Dmitry Chudinov and J’Leon Love, junior middleweights Bastie Samir, welterweights Demetrius Hopkins, Bradley Blankenship, Mikael Zewski, Leti Leti and Eric Mendez, junior welterweights Francisco Contreras and Joseph Elegele, lightweights Edner Cherry, Rolando Reyes, Terence Crawford and Fidel Maldonado, featherweights Matt Remillard, Carney Bowman, Dat Nguyen, Delvin Placencia, Rafael Lora, Maxwell Awaku and Robert Rodriguez, super bantamweights Rafael Valenzuela, bantamweight Leo Santa Cruz and flyweights Rayonta Whitfield and Randy Caballero.