Abril survives Bogere battle

  • Last Updated: March 4 2013, 14:12 GMT

Richard Abril retained his WBA lightweight title with a unanimous points decision over Sharif Bogere in Las Vegas.

Abril became involved in a brawl early on in the bout as the Ugandan challenger pushed forward in a bid to get inside his taller opponent.

Both fighters tumbled to the canvas on more than one occasion and an accidental clash of heads in the sixth round saw a nasty gash open above Abril's right eye which gave Bogere renewed hope.

The champion was docked a point for holding in the eighth round while Bogere was also penalised for using his head in the 12th.

Abril began to take control of the fight in the later rounds when he was able to create the distance needed for his advantage in reach.

The Cuban was able to land effective combinations to keep the charging Bogere at bay and hand him his first professional defeat in 24 fights with a 115-111, 116-110 and 116-110 verdict.

Victory saw Abril bounce back after losing a split decision to undefeated Brandon Rios in April and improve his record to 18-3-1.

"I don't like fighting dirty fighters and I lost my concentration," said Abril. "I thought I won the fight even though it wasn't clean."

"I had confidence in my corner," added Abril. "The blood didn't disrupt me, I am trained for situations like this."

The 30-year-old now wants to fight WBC champoin Adrien Broner next in a unification fight.

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