Sharif Bogere in the Golden Boy ring, November 2013.
|Real name||Sharif Bogere|
|Height||5 ft 6 in (168 cm)|
|Reach||68 in (173 cm)|
October 8, 1988 |
|Wins by KO||17|
Sharif Bogere (born October 8, 1988 in Uganda) is a boxer in the Lightweight division. He is a one-time WBO NABO Lightweight Champion. Bogere is currently signed with Oscar De La Hoya's company Golden Boy Promotions.
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.
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.
Sharif was a five-time African Champion and the captain of the Ugandan national boxing team.
Bogere finished his amateur career with an astounding record of 68 wins with just 4 losses (68-4-0).
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 Boxingscene.com. “He’s got speed and agility with some pomp. He is very agile.”
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. 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.
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.
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
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.
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
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 and ESPN.
|Win||25-1||Miguel Zamudio||June 21, 2014||RTD 3||3:00||StubHub Center, Carson, California, United States|
|Win||24-1||Arturo Urena||April 26, 2014||TKO 6||0:50||StubHub Center, Carson, California, United States||First fight back since Achilles injury.|
|Loss||23-1||Richar Abril||March 2, 2013||UD 12||--||Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||For vacant WBA Lightweight Title.|
|Win||23-0||Manuel Leyva||July 2, 2012||KO 2||0:38||Home Deport Center, Carson, California, United States|
|Win||22-0||Sergio Rivera||February 25, 2012||TKO 3||3:00||Scottrade, Saint Louis, Missouri, United States|
|Win||21-0||Francisco Contreras||October 7, 2011||KO 3||2:01||Texas Station Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Retained WBO NABO Lightweight Title.|
|Win||20-0||Raymundo Beltran||May 13, 2011||UD 10||3:00||Buffalo Bill's Star Arena, Primm, Nevada, United States||Won vacant WBO NABO Lightweight Title.|
|Win||19-0||Shamir Reyes||March 4, 2011||KO 1||2:37||Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, United States|
|Win||18-0||Christopher Fernandez||December 8, 2010||UD 8||3:00||Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||17-0||Julian Rodriguez||September 18, 2010||KO 2||1:43||Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Win||16-0||Ilido Julio||May 21, 2010||RTD 5||0:10||Chisholm Trail Mural Parking Lot, Fort Worth, Texas, United States|
|Win||15-0||Martin Tucker||April 6, 2010||RTD 1||3:00||Rio Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||14-0||Jose Hernandez||February 26, 2010||TKO 3||0:44||Don Haskins Convention Center, El Paso, Texas, United States|
|Win||13-0||Cristian Favela||December 17, 2009||UD 6||3:00||Commerce Casino, Commerce, California, United States|
|Win||12-0||Rodolfo Armenta||August 7, 2009||TKO 2||1:07||Buffalo Bill's Star Arena, Primm, Nevada, United States|
|Win||11-0||Mike Gonzalez||July 17, 2009||UD 6||3:00||Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||10-0||Broderick Antoine||June 12, 2009||UD 6||3:00||Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||9-0||Kevin Carmody||May 16, 2009||TKO 2||0:40||Buffalo Bill's Star Arena, Primm, Nevada, United States|
|Win||8-0||Marcos Herrera||May 8, 2009||TKO 2||2:43||Plaza Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||7-0||Courtney Landis||April 24, 2009||KO 1||2:33||Scottrade Center, Saint Louis, Missouri, United States|
|Win||6-0||Carlos Small||February 14, 2009||UD 4||3:00||Buffalo Bill's Star Arena, Primm, Nevada, United States|
|Win||5-0||Manny Cotrich||January 9, 2009||TKO 2||0:42||Buffalo Bill's Star Arena, Primm, Nevada, United States|
|Win||4-0||Mike Peralta||October 31, 2008||UD 4||3:00||Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||3-0||Alejandro Lopez||September 19, 2008||UD 4||3:00||Buffalo Bill's Star Arena, Primm, Nevada, United States|
|Win||2-0||Reymundo Hernandez||April 19, 2008||TKO 1||0:41||Civic Arena, Saint Joseph, Missouri, United States|
|Win||1-0||Ed Lee Humes||April 5, 2008||KO 1||1:09||Prairie Band Casino & Resort, Mayetta, Kansas, United States||Professional debut.|
Titles in boxing
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In other media
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." 
- "Warrior Lion" by Blaq Fuego (April 5, 2008 – July 17, 2009) 
- "Stronger" by Nubia (August 7, 2009 - July 2, 2012) 
- "Talk Is Cheap" by Blaq Fuego (March 2, 2013 – present) 
- Sports Soup, 2009. 
- Fuego, B. "Warrior Lion". 
- Nubia. "Stronger". 
- Fuego, B. "Talk Is Cheap".