Controversial Victory For Bogere Over Pacquiao’s Sparring Partner Ray Beltran

PRIMM, Nev. – Up-and-coming lightweight prospect Sharif “The Lion” Bogere fought to a close – and bloody – unanimous decision victory over Ray Beltran by the scores of 97-93 and 96-94 twice from Buffalo Bill’s Star of the Desert Arena in Primm, Nevada.

Many boxing fans thought the fight would end in a draw or a victory for Beltran, a long time sparring partner of Manny Pacquiao, who in fact help Pacquiao prepare for his recent fight against Shane Mosley.

Sharif “The Lion” Bogerevs Ray Beltran – Photo credit: Rich J. Hundley III/SHOWTIMEP

Bogere (20-0, 12 KOs) of Las Vegas , Nev. , and Beltran (24-5, 16 KOs) of North Hollywood , Calif. , battled for ten blood-filled rounds. Bogere had the momentum early as both men established their game plans

As the fight went on, Beltran with Freddie Roach in his corner, seems to have had the edge on Bogere but the judges did not see it that way. Including a knockdown that he landed in the late rounds that was not ruled as one.

Sharif “The Lion” Bogere lands one on Beltran – Photo credit: Rich J. Hundley III/SHOWTIME

Beltran kept heavy pressure – and his weight – on Bogere to tire out the younger fighter and prevent him from getting into a rhythm. Bogere used his speed and volume punching to make his mark. There wer also lots of headbutts in the fight and as a result Beltran began bleeding.

Sharif “The Lion” Bogere with another victory- Photo credit: Rich J. Hundley III/SHOWTIME

Beltran’s plan to take Bogere into deep water seemed to be coming together by the eighth, as the pressure seemed to be affecting the Las Vegas resident. Beltran rocked him with a big left uppercut and a short left that forced Bogere to lunge in an attempt to hold before eventually hitting the canvas. It was not ruled as a knockdown. Later in the eighth, Beltran slipped while trying to land a homerun punch.

In another bout, Mitchell (22-0-1, 16 KOs) of Bradywine , Md. , steamrolled over a completely apathetic Quinn (20-6-1, 18 KOs) of Bluefields , Nicaragua , in the scheduled 10-round heavyweight affair that didn’t go much past the first bell. Mitchell began the bout by popping his jab through Quinn’s lax guard. Quinn responded with a few flurries of wild punches, but Mitchell was unfazed and continued to pressure the Nicaraguan.

Boxing star Seth Mitchell in action – Photo credit: Rich J. Hundley III/SHOWTIME

As the round entered the final minute, Mitchell connected with some hard shots including a left to Quinn’s head that was followed by some body blows and one last right that caused Quinn to drop to his knees. Referee Joe Cortez counted to 10 as Quinn looked up and shook his head to confirm that he would not continue.

Boxing star Seth Mitchell After Anotehr big KO – Photo credit: Rich J. Hundley III/SHOWTIME

After the fight, Mitchell commented, “He couldn’t handle my power. He couldn’t handle it.”