Sharif Bogere

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Sharif Bogere
Sharif Bogere - Golden Boy Ring.jpg
Sharif Bogere in the Golden Boy ring, November 2013.
Real name Sharif Bogere
Nickname(s) The Lion
Lion Warrior
Rated at Lightweight
Height 5 ft 6 in (168 cm)
Reach 68 in (173 cm)
Nationality Uganda Ugandan
Born (1988-10-08) October 8, 1988 (age 25)
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 26
Wins 25
Wins by KO 17
Losses 1
Draws 0
No contests 0

Sharif Bogere (born October 8, 1988 in Uganda) is a boxer in the Lightweight division.[1][2] He is a one-time WBO NABO Lightweight Champion. Bogere is currently signed with Oscar De La Hoya's company Golden Boy Promotions.[3]

Early life[edit]

Sharif grew up living the first 18 years of his life in Kampala, the capital city of the poverty-stricken country of Uganda.

Bogere began fighting - unwillingly - when he was 7 years old, fending off thieves and bullies. Bogere beat everyone. Eventually, he made his way into a legitimate gym, where the older veteran boxers took notice of the kid whose shadowboxing looked so fluid and natural. He started spending all of his time at the gym, sometimes practicing for hours without hand wraps or spare change for a drink of water.[4]

This tough upbringing has translated Bogere into maintaining a strong work ethic in and out of the ring as well as a very humble personality.

Amateur career[edit]

Sharif was a five-time African Champion and the captain of the Ugandan national boxing team.[5]

Bogere finished his amateur career with an astounding record of 68 wins with just 4 losses (68-4-0).

Professional career[edit]

Fighting Style[edit]

Bogere poses with the WBO Lightweight Championship.

Sharif is an orthodox boxer who has gotten praise from the boxing legend Mike Tyson. “I have watched him four times in Vegas and he seems to posses the potential to go far,” Tyson said to “He’s got speed and agility with some pomp. He is very agile.”[6]


Bogere enters the ring with this trademark lion's head.

Sharif is known as "The Lion" and the "Lion Warrior". He is carried to the ring in a cage while wearing a legitimate lions head and skin. The lion head and skin he wears came from a lion that was killed in Africa after it had mauled several people.[7] The reasoning behind this spectacular entrance is that Bogere wanted to do something memorable that would excite the fans as well as pay tribute to his native Ugandan fans where his legacy is becoming cemented as a national hero.

Sharif has also built a strong support team within the United States from Las Vegas to Chicago and Pittsburgh. This group is known as "Team Bogere".


Bogere knocks Ilido Julio through the ring ropes with a punch.

On September 18, 2010 Bogere stopped Mexico's Julian Rodriguez at 1:43 of the second round on the undercard of Shane Mosley vs. Sergio Mora by knockout in round 2, on HBO PPV. He dropped Rodriguez, who was unsteady when he got to his feet and referee called it off.[8]

On May 21, 2010, Bogere continued to make a name for himself when he defeated veteran Ilido Julio handily. Bogere nearly drilled Julio out of the ring in the closing seconds of the first round. Julio refused to come out for the start of the sixth round, remaining on his stool and signaling an end to the onslaught.

Bogere vs. Beltran[edit]

On May 13, 2011 Bogere defeated Raymundo Beltran in a bloody, headbutt-filled 10 Round main event, for the vacant WBO NABO lightweight title. He had a clear speed advantage against Beltran. Beltran constantly stalked Bogere, walking through his punches and looking to engage him in close quarters. For much of the bout, this worked for Beltran, but Bogere came through the fight to win the WBO NABO lightweight title by Unanimous Decision.[9]

On October 7, 2011 Sharif Bogere defended his WBO NABO lightweight title by fighting Francisco Contreras. Francisco Contreras was also undefeated in 16 fights with 13 by way of KO. Sharif Bogere was constantly in control and by the 3rd round stopped Francisco Contreras with a KO blow to the back of the head. Although controversial, referee Jay Nady deemed it to be legitimate and Sharif retained the WBO NABO lightweight title.

Bogere vs. Abril[edit]

After two back-to-back victories against Mexico's Sergio Rivera and Manuel Leyva, Bogere would fight Richar Abril for the unified WBA Lightweight Title on March 2, 2013. Bogere came out very aggressive and this fight was labeled as a "rough and tumble affair". Bogere was able to get inside and win many of the early rounds. As the later rounds began, Abril began holding Bogere as a tactic and was able to counter punch to win the later rounds. Abril handed Bogere his first professional defeat. After the fight, it was revealed that Bogere had injured his Achilles during a middle round, which severely affected his ability to pull out a victory.

Before the injury, Bogere was ranked in the top 10 lightweights in the world by Box Rec.

On April 26, 2014, Bogere returned from successful surgery. He won his first fight back in action against Arturo Urena, via TKO when Urena's trainer threw in the towel during the sixth round. Following the victory, Bogere was then again ranked as a top 10 lightweight by The Ring Magazine[10] and ESPN.[11]

In August 2014, the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board had Bogere ranked as high as 6th in the world in the lightweight division.[12]

Professional record[edit]

Result Record Opponent Date Result Time Location Notes
Win 25-1 Mexico Miguel Zamudio June 21, 2014 RTD 3 3:00 California StubHub Center, Carson, California, United States
Win 24-1 Mexico Arturo Urena April 26, 2014 TKO 6 0:50 California StubHub Center, Carson, California, United States First fight back since Achilles injury.
Loss 23-1 Cuba Richar Abril March 2, 2013 UD 12 -- Nevada Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States For vacant WBA Lightweight Title.
Win 23-0 Mexico Manuel Leyva July 2, 2012 KO 2 0:38 California Home Deport Center, Carson, California, United States
Win 22-0 Mexico Sergio Rivera February 25, 2012 TKO 3 3:00 Missouri Scottrade, Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
Win 21-0 Dominican Republic Francisco Contreras October 7, 2011 KO 3 2:01 Nevada Texas Station Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Retained WBO NABO Lightweight Title.
Win 20-0 Mexico Raymundo Beltran May 13, 2011 UD 10 3:00 Nevada Buffalo Bill's Star Arena, Primm, Nevada, United States Won vacant WBO NABO Lightweight Title.
Win 19-0 United States Shamir Reyes March 4, 2011 KO 1 2:37 California Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, United States
Win 18-0 Mexico Christopher Fernandez December 8, 2010 UD 8 3:00 Nevada Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 17-0 Mexico Julian Rodriguez September 18, 2010 KO 2 1:43 California Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 16-0 Colombia Ilido Julio May 21, 2010 RTD 5 0:10 Texas Chisholm Trail Mural Parking Lot, Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Win 15-0 United States Martin Tucker April 6, 2010 RTD 1 3:00 Nevada Rio Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 14-0 United States Jose Hernandez February 26, 2010 TKO 3 0:44 Texas Don Haskins Convention Center, El Paso, Texas, United States
Win 13-0 Mexico Cristian Favela December 17, 2009 UD 6 3:00 California Commerce Casino, Commerce, California, United States
Win 12-0 Mexico Rodolfo Armenta August 7, 2009 TKO 2 1:07 Nevada Buffalo Bill's Star Arena, Primm, Nevada, United States
Win 11-0 Puerto Rico Mike Gonzalez July 17, 2009 UD 6 3:00 Nevada Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 10-0 United States Broderick Antoine June 12, 2009 UD 6 3:00 Nevada Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 9-0 United States Kevin Carmody May 16, 2009 TKO 2 0:40 Nevada Buffalo Bill's Star Arena, Primm, Nevada, United States
Win 8-0 United States Marcos Herrera May 8, 2009 TKO 2 2:43 Nevada Plaza Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 7-0 United States Courtney Landis April 24, 2009 KO 1 2:33 Missouri Scottrade Center, Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
Win 6-0 United States Carlos Small February 14, 2009 UD 4 3:00 Nevada Buffalo Bill's Star Arena, Primm, Nevada, United States
Win 5-0 United States Manny Cotrich January 9, 2009 TKO 2 0:42 Nevada Buffalo Bill's Star Arena, Primm, Nevada, United States
Win 4-0 United States Mike Peralta October 31, 2008 UD 4 3:00 Nevada Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 3-0 United States Alejandro Lopez September 19, 2008 UD 4 3:00 Nevada Buffalo Bill's Star Arena, Primm, Nevada, United States
Win 2-0 United States Reymundo Hernandez April 19, 2008 TKO 1 0:41 Missouri Civic Arena, Saint Joseph, Missouri, United States
Win 1-0 United States Ed Lee Humes April 5, 2008 KO 1 1:09 Kansas Prairie Band Casino & Resort, Mayetta, Kansas, United States Professional debut.

Titles in boxing[edit]

Major World Titles:

Minor World Title:

In other media[edit]

In a 2009 episode of Sports Soup, Versus showed a clip of Bogere clipping opponent Rodolfo Armenta with a flurry of punches, causing him to lose his footing. Host Matt Iseman joked that that was the "first time he'd seen a guy get hit so hard, he contracted polio." [13]

Entrance themes[edit]

  • "Warrior Lion" by Blaq Fuego (April 5, 2008 – July 17, 2009) [14]
  • "Stronger" by Nubia (August 7, 2009 - July 2, 2012) [15]
  • "Talk Is Cheap" by Blaq Fuego (March 2, 2013 – present) [16]


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