Abril fought as best he could, but Bogere’s relentless pressure and awkward aggression gave him fits and to make matters worse, Mora deducted a point from Abril in the eighth for continuous holding. It was after the infraction, however, that Abril altered his approach and got into a groove, one that Bogere had few answers for.
Abril engaged on the inside less and less and opted to try and pick Bogere apart while the Las Vegas-based fighter charged in. Abril routinely popped Bogere with his right hand. Whether it was a short uppercut on the inside, a long straight one from the outside or a counter cross during an exchange, Abril’s offense was slowly breaking Bogere down bit by bit.
Bogere never stopped coming forward, but after Abril tattooed him round after round with one to three-punch combos, Bogere’s punches had less mustard on them and his flurries were less effective.
Abril kept his new approach going strong into the championship rounds and it appeared as though he was ahead on points entering the twelfth. If Bogere needed a knockout to win the fight in the last round before it started, he certainly needed one after Mora finally took a point from him after another egregious head butt early in the frame.
In the end, Abril’s subtle gameplan tweak was enough for him to turn the tides heavily in his favor and he wound up being awarded a unanimous decision win via tallies of 115-111 and 116-110 (twice). SecondsOut.com also saw it 116-110 for Abril, who improved to 18-3-1 with 8 KOs. Bogere lost for the first time as a pro; he now stands at 23-1 with 15 KOs.
In the co-feature, unbeaten featherweight sensation Gary Russell, Jr. was simply too much for opponent Vyacheslav Gusev to handle as he won a lopsided unanimous ten round decision. The DC-area boxer electrified and dazzled his foe with blinding speed and blistering combos from the start and it was obvious early on that Gusev was in way over his head.
Russell did whatever he wanted inside the ring and scored a knockdown with a textbook counter right cross in the third. Russell threw multiple-punch combos whenever he felt like it and jabbed Gusev’s face the entire time.