Thursday, January 17, 2013
Lowestoft Olympian Anthony Ogogo wants to sell out Carrow Road and become the best middleweight boxer the UK has ever produced.
Speaking publicly for the first time since turning professional with Golden Boy Promotions, the 24-year-old revealed his ambition to fight in front of his East Anglian fans at the home of Norwich City.
Ogogo’s future had been the subject of much speculation since medalling in London and he admitted to talking with promoters Frank Warren and Ricky Hatton before deciding to commit his future to Golden Boy, where he will come under the direction of CEO Richard Schaefer.
“When I met Richard a couple of things stuck out,” said Ogogo, who will make his professional debut in April or at the start of May.
“One thing resounded, Richard said when he wants something he usually gets it. I liked that. So I thought I want my career in his hands.
“If I want to pack out Norwich City’s ground, which I would love to do, he’s the man who’s going to do it. I think that could happen in a couple of years’ time – I would love to bring massive European and World title fights to the region.”
The plan is for Ogogo to fight eight times a year – four bouts in the UK and four in the USA – as part of Golden Boy’s plan to stage boxing shows in Britain.
He will remain living in the region and will do much of his UK training under the stewardship of Norwich trainer Graham Everett – the man who has helped the Walsh brothers’ rise to prominence in the boxing world.
Ogogo will also do a lot of sparring in the US as he embarks on a mission to be the most recognised boxer this country has ever produced.
“Richard shares my ambition – I want to be a legend in the sport and I want to be massive – someone that transcends the sport.
“All the other people I met with nodded along with me when I said that but Richard said ‘let’s make it happen’. I want to become Britain’s greatest ever middleweight boxer.”