Mayweather Promotions signs exciting lightweight contender Sharif “The Lion” Bogere
LAS VEGAS (March 10, 2016) – Mayweather Promotions is pleased to announce the signing of exciting lightweight contender Sharif “The Lion” Bogere to their growing stable of championship-caliber fighters.
Bogere (27-1, 19 KOs) has won his last four fights by knockout and is eager to return to the ring with the support of his new promoter.
“This is such a great day for me and an important move for my career,” said Bogere. “I’m very thankful to Floyd, Leonard, and the whole Mayweather Promotions team. I cannot wait to get back in the ring and show everybody why I’m a future world champion. I want to fight the best and I feel this will put me in a position to conquer the sport.”
Mayweather Promotions boasts over 20 professional fighters included current and former world champions Badou Jack, Mickey Bey and Ishe Smith, in addition to the recently retired 12-time world champion and President of Mayweather Promotions, Floyd Mayweather.
“We’re proud to add another young, hungry fighter to our Mayweather Promotions stable,” said Mayweather. “Sharif Bogere is a very talented young man with an incredible backstory and I know that he’s working hard to become a world champion.”
“We believe we have another future Mayweather Promotions world champion in Sharif Bogere,” said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions. “Floyd and myself will work to get him the best fights on the biggest stages. It’s very exciting to be able to add a fighter of Sharif’s talent and heart to our team.”
The 27-year-old trains in Las Vegas with legendary trainer Kenny Adams, but has had to overcome incredible adversity just to get into this position. Born in Kampala, Uganda, Bogere learned to fight as a way to defend himself from the bullies and thieves in his poverty-stricken neighborhood.
He overcame brutal training conditions, including limited access to water and hand wraps, to amass a 68-4 amateur record on his way to becoming a five-time African champion and serving as the captain of the Ugandan national team. He turned pro in 2008 and earned a 2013 world title shot against Richar Abril, in a fight that he dropped by a narrow decision.
Now, “The Lion” will look to earn himself another world title shot in 2016 with an eye on becoming another world champion in the Mayweather Promotions stable.
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