"I just want to get back in there and look for openings and if I see an opening to where I can take him out, then I am going to try and take him out. But if I can't take him out, I'll be prepared for everything...There are some tough guys in my division, but I'm not afraid of any of them. I'm a warrior and a lion and I can take care of any of these guys on any given night," stated lightweight contender Sharif Bogere, who talked about his upcoming October 30 return to the ring. Check it out!
PC: You return to the ring on October 30th. How has everything been going in the gym?
SB: Everything is going good. How is it going?
PC: Everything is good on my end. Are you still training with the great Kenny Adams?
SB: I'm still with Kenny. That hasn't changed at all.
PC: What are some of the things you are learning from Kenny?
SB: All of this time, Kenny has been trying to make me a complete fighter. He is trying to make me throw straight punches and just throw punches the proper way.
PC: It's hard to look good against Richar Abril and your fight with him was kind of all over the place. Since then, you have two knockout wins. How important was it for you to have strong showings after the way the Abril fight turned out?
SB: Anybody that fights Abril, like you said, he makes the fight rough and they end up not looking good, you know. And I think out of all of the guys who he has been fighting, I think I gave him a tough fight. I actually think I won the fight. But after that, I took some time off for the injuries that I had to heal and when I got better, I came back strong. I felt a little bit rusty when I came back with the year layoff, but now I feel as sharp as ever, the way I used to be, and I'm ready to be back in there.
PC: What did that year layoff do for you?
SB: I had tendonitis, so I was doing a lot of physical therapy. I couldn't spar. I couldn't go run. I couldn't do nothing.
PC: What can we expect from you on the 30th now that you said the rust is gone and you feel healthy again?
SB: I just want to get back in there and look for openings and if I see an opening to where I can take him out, then I am going to try and take him out. But if I can't take him out, I'll be prepared for everything, you know?
PC: For sure. The division is wide open at this point. What do you think when you look at possible opponents and the landscape of the division?
SB: There are some tough guys in my division, but I'm not afraid of any of them. I'm a warrior and a lion and I can take care of any of these guys on any given night.
PC: You are very active on social media. How important is that to you to communicate with your fans and people that contact you through social media?
SB: I think every fighter out there should promote themselves through social media. Social media is the new wave today. Nobody watches TV anymore. You have to get out there and talk to people and keep them updated and posted on what you got going on. Anything you want to know about me, you can find me on Facebook and Twitter. It's great to keep in touch with the fans on social networks.
PC: Will this be your last fight of the year or are you planning on fighting again towards the end of the year?
SB: It all depends on how this goes. I'm coming to fight this guy, you know, so it depends on how this one goes.
PC: I wish you the best of luck on the 30th. Great talking to you. Is there anything else you want to add?
SB: Thank you so much. I really appreciate you guys for this interview. Not everybody gets a chance like this to be showcased on your website. The people that read your site, this is great exposure for me and I hope people keep following me and my career. God bless you all. Thank you so much!
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