Top lightweight contender Richard Abril is not too disappointed at the recent withdrawal of scheduled opponent Sharif Bogere for their November 24 contest and will gladly await a new date for their WBA interim title fight.
The 30 year-old, who hasn’t fought since losing a debatable decision to Brandon Rios in April, is likely to have to wait a few more weeks for the bout to be rescheduled as Bogere suffered a tear in his Achilles, but that wont bother Abril, according to manager Alex Medina.
“I think Bogere is scared and looking for more time to train,” Medina told World Boxing News.
“The problem is that Richard will get faster and stronger at 135 with more time. Richard says his sure Mr Bogere or ‘TheLion?’ is scared, but we will do our job, train hard and fight whoever they put in front of us.
“I think we all know Abril is not scared of anybody.”
Abril himself then added: “We will be ok. I’m still the interim champion, so the road to the WBA world title goes through me.”
The fight is now expected to switch to early 2013, with unbeaten Keith Thurman providing back-up against Carlos Quintana and the card to be shown on HBO when a new date is confirmed.