Anthony Ogogo ready for ‘step up’ after Liverpool masterclass

Anthony Ogogo celebrates his victory over Wayne Reed. Anthony Ogogo celebrates his victory over Wayne Reed.

Saturday, July 12, 2014
8:30 PM

Anthony Ogogo feels he’s ready for a step up in class after easing to an impressive victory over Wayne Reed in Liverpool.

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The 25-year-old middleweight outclassed his opponent in every round before the referee put an end to Reed’s misery in the fifth.

After registering his seventh successive victory since turning professional, Ogogo now feels he has enough experience to face bigger challenges.

“I want to move up. It’s up to my manager Dean (Baker) and my management company and coaches to decide how quickly but I’ve been a pro now for little over a year and I feel I’m ready to step up a little bit.

“I think my next fight is in California when Kell Brook hopefully wins the title against Shaun Porter in LA. Hopefully I will go over there, gain some more experience and then come back and look to move up against a British guy in the world rankings. I’m looking forward to the rest of the year.”

After knocking his Sheffield opponent down in the opening round, Ogogo continued to dominate, unleashing several punishing right hands that Reed did well to weather.

But the referee decided Reed had suffered enough punishment in the fifth as Ogogo unloaded in the corner.

“I think I used my limited experience that I have got early in my career to take my time,” added Ogogo. “I could have got a bit excitable (after the first round knockdown) and jumped on him.

“I wanted to take my time and get a few rounds in. I’m glad the stoppage came because it was looking like he was going to get a foothold back in the fight. But I just had to work a few things out.

“Full credit to Wayne Reed – he is a tough little cookie and he gave me a few tips of advice in there after that. It takes a good professional to do that.”

Ogogo admitted it was nice to come back to one of the scenes of his greatest triumphs as an amateur as he won the World Under 17 Championships in Liverpool.

“It’s great to be back in Liverpool. Me and Khalid Yafai both won the World U17 Championships in 2005, all nine years ago so to come and to fight again in front of this very knowledgeable crowd is a privilege.”

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