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Abril defends WBA lightweight belt against Bogere

Updated: March 3, 2013, 2:04 AM ET
Associated Press

LAS VEGAS -- Richard Abril defended his WBA lightweight title with a unanimous decision against Sharif Bogere on Saturday.

Bogere turned the bout into a brawl early, pressing forward to get inside and frustrate the taller Abril.

Abril was forced to wrap up Bogere in defense and both fighters tumbled to canvass more than once during the fight. Abril was docked one point in the eighth round for holding and Bogere was penalized one point in the 12th for leading with his head.

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