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Mayweather signs Sharif Bogere to promotional deal

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Lightweight Sharif 'The Lion' Bogere has just inked a deal to become Mayweather Promotions newest addition.

Floyd Mayweather has just added a new fighter to his growing stable as he signs Ugandan lightweight Sharif Bogere to a new deal with Mayweather Promotions. Bogere (27-1, 19 KOs) is currently coming off four consecutive stoppage wins since losing a unanimous decision to Richar Abril in early 2013, and is excited about this new opportunity.

"This is such a great day for me and an important move for my career," said Bogere. "I'm very thankful to Floyd, Leonard, and the whole Mayweather Promotions team. I cannot wait to get back in the ring and show everybody why I'm a future world champion. I want to fight the best and I feel this will put me in a position to conquer the sport."

With Bogere, 27, now aligned with the influential Mayweather, his career prospects may be all the more promising as Mayweather has already helped put three of his fighters into position to win world titles: Badou Jack, Mickey Bey, and Ishe Smith.

"We're proud to add another young, hungry fighter to our Mayweather Promotions stable," said Mayweather. "Sharif Bogere is a very talented young man with an incredible backstory and I know that he's working hard to become a world champion."

Hailing from Kampala, Uganda, Bogere is said to have learned to fight as a means to protect himself in his poverty-stricken neighborhood. He's also said to have overcome terribly harsh training conditions where he had limited access to even basic necessities like water and hand wraps. Bogere is now a long way away from where he started, but he still has much more work to do if he's to become a champion.