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Richar Abril plans May return after signing with Lou DiBella

The Cuban was stripped of his WBA title last year due to inactivity.

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Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

After a bevy of false starts, it looks as though former WBA Lightweight Champion Richar Abril will finally return to action. He has resolved his promotional disputes and signed on with Lou DiBella, who is targeting a May date for Abril's comeback.

DiBella reportedly has no intention of giving his charge a soft touch.

"I’m going to put him in against a guy who will come forward," DiBella said. "Abril has skills. After the fight in May, then I’ll throw him to the wolves. There’s no babying. He knows that. Our discussions have been open and honest. I’ll put him in with a decent guy immediately and then whatever the biggest fight I can get him is what we’re going for. He’s hungry."

Abril (19-3-1, 8 KO) entered the spotlight in 2012 when he schooled an overweight Brandon Rios, only to come up short in an utterly egregious robbery. He managed to claim the WBA title by edging Sharif Bogere in 2013 and defended it against Edis Tatli eighteen months later.

The division has seem some serious upheaval since his exit; with the likes if Rances Barthelemy and Jorge Linares at the top, Abril has a tough task ahead of him if he wants to re-establish himself as one of the world's best lightweights.

Also, if you're wondering why I used a picture of DiBella and not Abril, it's because Getty is apparently as disinterested in watching Abril as the rest of the boxing public.

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