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Friday, December 7, 2012
Lowestoft boxer Anthony Ogogo will make the biggest decision of his career so far over the next few weeks when he decides whether to turn professional.
The 24-year-old Olympic bronze medallist revealed he is considering several options, one of which is to join legendary boxer Oscar de la Hoya’s stable of fighters, and wants a decision in place before the start of the new year.
Ogogo could choose to remain an amateur as part of GB Boxing and has initially rebuffed an offer to join the new British Lionhearts team in the newly formed World Series of Boxing.
“I’ve spoken to everybody and I’m now in the process of whittling my options down to two or three,” he said.
“I want to know when I go for that first training run on January 1 what I’m running for.
“On January 1, 2012, it was to get fit, qualify for the Olympics and win a medal.
“When I go for that first run of 2013 on New Year’s Day, I want to be just as focused on my next challenge.”
Ogogo has always maintained he won’t be rushed into turning professional and has hinted in the past he could be tempted to go for Olympic gold in 2016 after narrowly missing out in London earlier this year.
He will take the advice of GB Boxing Performance director Rob McCracken and won’t be tempted to cash in on his sudden national fame as a result of his Olympic performance.
“It’s not just a case of taking the money and turning pro,” he said. “It’s not as simple as that.
“The money from the World Series of Boxing would probably be better for the first couple of years than what I would get for turning pro.
“The money on offer from them was pretty good, although I felt I couldn’t do it right now, and I still have the option of doing that next year.
“I would have to do well and win every fight for four or five years as a professional until I would better what I could get as an amateur.
“But I’m not in this business to make money. It’s a tough job and we get paid to do it, but for me it’s about new challenges.
“I want to leave a legacy and be the best I can be as a fighter.
“That motivates me more than money.”
Boxing is littered with fighters who have turned professional on the back of Olympic success only to find their star wane in the professional ranks.
Ogogo acknowledges he could be better served to continue his education and feel the thrill of the Olympic arena again in Rio.
“It’s hard when I think back to the Olympics and they were just so amazing,” he said. “Rio is nearly four years away and you think could it possibly be as good?
“I was at Twickenham the other week for the England v Australia game and went out on to the pitch and got this huge ovation from 80,000 people – and that’s three months after the Games.
“I don’t think even a world champion like Carl Froch would have got a reception like that and it was incredible.”