Unbeaten Ugandan lightweight prizefighter Sharif Bogere is getting attention for his boxing skills inside the ring and his showmanship outside the ropes. ESPN boxing writer Dan Rafael had this to say: “When you see him, you’ll remember him because of his over-the-top ring entrance. He wears a lion’s head and skin and is brought to the ring inside a cage. Hey, if he wanted to get noticed, he has. Once inside the ring, Bogere also makes things interesting. He looks like he has good power.”
Bogere (21-0, 13 KOs) showed off that power October 7, on the eve of his 23rd birthday, scoring a third round knockout of previously unbeaten Francisco Contreras (16-1, 13 KOs) of the Dominican Republic. Let’s check out some of the video highlights.
In the amateur ranks, Sharif Bogere was a five-time African champion and captain of the Ugandan national team. He made his professional debut in 2008 and now could be headed for a possible world title shot and even more publicity, and The Ugandan Lion clearly loves the attention. “I know that boxing is about entertaining and that people who pay to watch boxing want to be entertained,” says Bogere. “They want to have fun. I’ll have the lion’s head and the skin brought in again. It’s all part of the show.”