Our own Ugandan boxer Shariff ‘The Lion’ Bogere has sealed a deal with Mayweather Promotions, owned by recently-retired multiple world champion Floyd Mayweather.
The Las Vegas-based boxer (27-1, 19 KOs), as much known for his brave fighting as for his pre-match antics whereat he enters the ring in a lion mask, was announced by Mayweather Promotions as their latest addition yesterday afternoon, and Bogere called it a great day both for himself as a person as well as for his career.“This is such a great day for me and an important move for my career,” said Bogere who plies his trade in the lightweight division. “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.”
Bogere,27, trains in Las Vegas with legendary trainer Kenny Adams, and across the world he has especially made himself a name as another gifted Ugandan pugilist who had to use boxing to rise from the lowest rungs of Third-world Africa and become a global star.
He amassed 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, before turning pro in 2008 and earning that failed world championship contest against Richard Abril in 2013.