Anthony Ogogo can’t wait for his second coming
- Credit: Jerry Daws
Anthony Ogogo admitted it feels like he's starting his professional career again as he makes his comeback to the ring tomorrow night.
The Olympic bronze medallist started his professional career with seven wins on the spin before finally succumbing to an Achilles problem, which required two bouts of surgery.
Twelve long months have past since Ogogo knocked out Wayne Reed and the Lowestoft boxer admits the nerves will be jangling on the ringwalk at the Garry Weber Stadium in Halle, Germany, tomorrow evening when he takes on Ruslan Schelev.
'I'm sure I'll be nervous but I was during my first fight as a pro and I was so sharp that night,' said the 26-year, who turned professional in January 2013 after winning an Olympic bronze medal at London 2012.
'My hand and foot speed were unreal because of the adrenaline going through me and I want to feel that again.
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'It will be like starting again but it's exciting. I've worked so hard to come back – I was told it would take me 12 months from the operation (in January) to come back and I've managed to do it in six.
'I've got to re-establish the little routines that I had before but I'm lucky really – it's not often you get a second bite of the cherry in this sport.'
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Ogogo admitted to some dark periods during his rehabilitation after undergoing a second operation after the first had failed to get to the root of his Achilles issues.
However, he finally feels over his injury problems and is promising to show boxing fans his full potential starting tomorrow against Ruslan Schelev.
'I've got no worries whatsoever,' said Ogogo, who has been sparring at the Kickstop Gym in Norwich in preparation for the fight. 'I've been training hard for about eight weeks and I know it sounds a bit cliched but I've really fallen back in love with the sport.
'I can now do all the things I wasn't able to do before. Since 2010 I've been struggling to get through and it was all about just trying to get through fights – I couldn't enjoy it.
'The pain has gone now and it's such a relief. I've purely been able to focus on my boxing and train on things I want to do in the fight. It gives you such a buzz when something comes off in the ring that you've been working on during your sparring.'
Ogogo hasn't looked to ease himself back in by choosing to fight Schelev, who has won 11 of his 14 fights in his career and represents a step up in class for the Lowestoft fighter.
'I know if I make a wrong move he's capable of knocking me out,' said Ogogo, whose fight is on the undercard of the WBO world super-middleweight title fight between Arthur Abraham and Robert Stieglitz.
'If you've got that in your mind then you're going to box better.
'I know how good I am, how fast I am and what a good chin I've got - I'll back myself against anyone in my division.'
Watch Ogogo's fight tomorrow night on Sky Sports 1 from 7pm.