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Former lightweight titlist Abril signs with DiBella

Lightweight Richar Abril will be back in the ring with Lou DiBella as his new promoter Tom Casino/Showtime

Promoter Lou DiBella told ESPN.com that he has signed former lightweight titleholder Richar Abril and that he would make his ring return on a date to be determined in May.

Abril (19-3-1, 8 KOs), 33, a native Cuban fighting out of Miami, has not fought since September 2014 because of a combination of promotional and managerial issues as well as a bout of dengue fever that forced him to twice pull out of title defenses in 2015. Eventually, Abril was stripped of his belt thanks to inactivity.

Abril, a defensive-minded boxer, retained his 135-pound belt twice, decisions against Sharif Bogere in March 2013 and Edis Tatli in September 2014.

DiBella is well aware of Abril’s reputation as a boring fighter and said he would match him with somebody who would bring out the best in him.

“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.”