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, Yuriorkis Gamboa won the vacant WBA ‘interim’ title when outpointing Darleys Perez over 12 rounds at the Bell Centre, Montreal, Canada.