- Private investigators turn to drones to catch marital cheaters, insurance liars
- Sleep issues can accelerate Alzheimer’s, while mental exercises can delay it, study shows
- IPad metal — nickel — faulted for causing allergic rashes
- Rand Paul to Rick Perry on Iraq: Get some new glasses
- ‘Fact-Checker’ blog takes on Dems for their comments on Hobby Lobby decision
- Babe Ruth’s 1918 contract sells for $1.02M at auction
- Citigroup settles subprime mortgage case for $7B
- Archie to be shot saving gay friend in comic book
- Sen. John McCain on illegal child immigrants: Fly them home, now
- Pope Francis puts number of priestly pedophiles at 2 percent: report
Abril defends WBA lightweight belt against Bogere
Question of the Day
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Richar 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.
“I don’t like fighting dirty fighters and I lost my concentration,” Abril said. “I thought I won the fight even though it wasn’t clean.”
An accidental head-butt opened up a large gash over the right eye of Abril in the sixth round which seemed to energize both boxers and sway the momentum toward the champion.
“I had confidence in my corner, ” Abril said. “The blood didn’t disrupt me, I am trained for situations like this.”
Abril’s activity increased and he was able to create the distance needed to use his length. Abril weathered the storm and found his range in the later rounds, landing effective combinations to keep the charging Bogere at bay.
The judges scored the bout 115-111, 116-110 and 116-110. Abril improved to 18-3-1 (8 KO’s) while Bogere suffered his first loss and fell to 23-1 (15 KO’s)
In the co-main event, featherweight prospect Gary Russell Jr. remained undefeated with an impressive 10-round unanimous decision over Vyacheslav Gusev.
Russell wobbled Gusev late in the first round and sent him to one knee in the third with a big right hook.
The southpaw Russell appeared to have injured his left hand during the seventh round and used it sparingly for the rest of the fight, but it had no bearing on the outcome.
“I’m not sure if I broke it,” Russell said. “I know I was in a lot of pain. Great fighters are willing to make necessary adjustments in the ring.”
Russell maintained his dominance throughout the fight with a steady jab and lightning quick combinations to defeat the Russian Gusev and improve his record 22-0 (13 KO’s).
By Robert N. Tracci
Congress must use its appropriations power to secure the border
- DOJ investigates Nebraska parade float critical of Obama
- Eric Holder: 'Racial animus' fuels opposition to Obama and me
- Violent gang MS-13 taking advantage of immigration crisis, using border as recruiting hub
- CURL: The hypocrisy of Obama's 15-day Vineyard vacation
- A 'new Cold War': China's top paper warns of 'slippery slope' towards conflict with U.S.
- Agency scrubs Malia Obama photos at White House's request: report
- Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi formerly a U.S. captive
- EDITORIAL: The faux farmer in the Senate race in Iowa
- Defense Dept.: Contracting personnel may be wasting billions due to FAR regulation confusion
- Obama's 'blank check' rejected as border solution
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world
Fighting in Iraq
World Cup's sexiest WAGs