By Robert Hughes at ringside
The Sharif Bogere circus roared through downtown Fort Worth on Friday, leaving behind a Texas-sized parking lot full of boxing fans wondering who was that fighter under the lion’s head and skin. In the center ring was Bogere, aka ‘The Lion’ (16-0, 10 KOs), who won easily against veteran Colombian boxer Ulidio Julio (41-18-1, 35 KOs) in what goes into the record book as a five-round junior welterweight TKO, and the main event of the 7th annual ‘Fight Night at Sundance Square’ presented by Oscar De La Hoya. In reality Julio’s corner called the fight at the outset of Round 5 because its fighter injured his shoulder.
Julio’s shoulder saved the tough former national champion from suffering any real damage at the young and strong hands of Bogere, who was in control all night, pushing Julio around the ring, peppering him with right hooks and effective combinations.
Bogere looked poised and prepared, in spite of accepting Golden Boy’s invitation only a week prior to the fight. Julio had no answers for Bogere’s right hook. Bogere’s manager Ralph Heredia, of Los Angeles, saw an opportunity in Texas for ‘The Lion’ when undefeated Mexican fighter Pablo Cesar Cano could not obtain a visa to enter the United States to star on the Sundance Square fight card. After the phone rang, Bogere was on a plane to Texas.
“My team is really good, doing a good job for me,” Bogere said.
“The reason we (took this fight) is to show the promoter that we are ready, that we stay in shape,” Heredia said.
Bogere has been turning heads while making the rounds in Nevada and California, whipping through 16 opponents in a little more than two years. Bogere said he’s all right with fighting that much, leaving those choices to Heredia. “We’ve got some good things coming,” he said.
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Featherweight Derrick Wilson (6-1-2, 2 KOs) won a four round split decision over Samuel Sanchez (4-3-1, 0 KOs), Scores were 39-37, 39-37 Wilson, 40-36 Sanchez.
In a rematch, super featherweight Eddie Ramirez (5-2-1, 2 KOs) again defeated Arthur Trevino 5-5-3, 2 KOs). Ramirez prevailed over four 40-36, 39-37, 39-37.
Featherweight Steve Gutierrez (3-1-1, 1 KO) won a four-rounder over Jose Ortiz (0-2, 0 KOs). Scores were 40-36, 40-36, 39-37.
Jr middleweight Jawnta Manson (2-1-2, 1 KO) scored a third round TKO over Jerome Adams (2-4, 0 KOs).
Middleweight Angel Sigala (3-1, 0 KOs) won a four rounder over Brandon Wyatt (0-3-1, 0 KOs). Scores were 40-36 on all cards.
A scheduled bout featuring welterweight Jermell Charlo (11-0, 5 KOs) was cancelled.