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  Undefeated Prospects Sharif Bogere &
Seth Mitchell Headline Tonight’s ShoBox


By Robert Jones

This Friday, Sharif Bogere and Seth Mitchell look to take the next step in their young careers in arguably their toughest fights to date. Showtime television will be broadcasting the action live on ShoBox: The New Generation, live from Buffalo Bill’s Star of the Desert Arena in Primm, Nevada. The 22-year-old Bogere (19-0 12 KO’s) will be hoping to pick-up his first title belt when he faces Raymundo Beltran (24-4 16 KO’s) for the vacant WBO NABO lightweight championship. Mitchell (21-0-1 15 KO’s), 28, just three years into his professional career, takes on hard-hitting Evans Quinn (20-5-1 18 KO’s) with the thought of getting one step closer to a big fight.

The Ugandan born Bogere was a five-time African amateur champion before starting his professional career at 19. So far, so good, as there hasn’t been so much as a blemish in his record, as he has gone undefeated over the first three years in his career. The only thing you can question about Bogere’s early beginning is the level of his completion, which has been sub-par, at best. However, he has done exactly what a young prospect should be doing when facing this competition early in his career – hardly losing a round, and collecting 12 knockouts in the process.

Raymundo Beltran should provide the toughest fight to date for the young Bogere. Beltran may have four losses on his ledger, but two of those losses came nearly 10 years ago when Beltran was new to the fight game (split decision loss in 1999, and TKO loss in 2001). Since then Beltran is a respectable 19-2, with one of those two losses coming by split decision. Just two fights ago Beltran had his best win, stopping David Torres (then 21-1) in the 7th round. Bogere will certainly be the favorite, but Torres is certainly a live dog heading into their main event match on Friday’s edition of ShoBox.

The televised co-feature will feature undefeated heavyweight Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell. Mitchell, unlike Bogere who had an extensive amateur career, didn’t start his professional career until he was 25-years-old. The former Michigan State linebacker instead has had to use most of his early professional career to learn the ropes, in an attempt to make up for lost time. In just three years, Mitchell has amassed 22 career fights, with having just one blemish, a draw, in just his third outing.

Lately Mitchell has been garnering attention, not just because he is slowly but surely climbing the heavyweight rankings, but also because he is an American heavyweight. A successful American heavyweight is a rare thing these days, but Mitchell knows with a few more wins he can secure his dream of earning a heavyweight championship bout, and in the process get his chance to revitalize the USA heavyweight scene. Hoping to put that dream to sleep is Nicaraguan born Evans “The Sandman” Quinn.

Quinn has lost five times, including three times in his last five fights, but has been in with stiffer competition than Mitchell, and has for the most part, shown a good account of himself. While Mitchell’s toughest opponent came in the form of Taurus Sykes, Evans has been in the ring with former world title challenge Kali Meehan (UD loss in September of 2010) and former world champion Siarhei Liakovich (KO loss in 9 rounds in May of 2010, a fight he was winning until the 7th round). Mitchell has passed his tests early on, but one thing that hasn’t been tested yet is his chin. Quinn certainly will not mind being the one giving Mitchell that test Friday, as 18 of his 20 wins have came by way of knockout.



 

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