2013-03-02 Richard Abril w pts 12 Sharif Bogere, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBA

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2013-03-02 Richard Abril w pts 12 Sharif Bogere, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBA. Referee: Russell Mora. Scorecards: 116-110, 115-111, 116-110. This was Abril’s first defence of the title bestowed upon him towards the end of February. The WBA title had been vacant since 5 January 2012 after Juan Manuel Marquez had been stripped.

On 8 June 2013, Yuriorkis Gamboa won the vacant WBA ‘interim’ title when outpointing Darleys Perez over 12 rounds at the Bell Centre, Montreal, Canada. Gamboa handed back the belt in May 2014, having been signed up to challenge Terence Crawford for the latter's WBO title.

Given another chance, Perez won the vacant WBA 'interim' crown when outpointing Argenis Lopez over 12 rounds at the Sheraton Hotel, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on 28 June 2014.