DeGale sees Ogogo with golden future

Anthony Ogogo had to settle for silver at last month's Commonwealth Games but 2008 Olympic champion James DeGale is adamant that will not be the case at London 2012.

The 21-year-old Lowestoft boxer guaranteed himself a middleweight medal in Delhi after battering Nigeria's Lawal Lukmon 10-0 in the quarter-final before overcoming home favourite Vijender Singh to set up a shot at gold.

However, Ogogo met his match in Northern Ireland's Eamonn O'Kane as he went down 16-4 and became one of three Brits to have to settle for silver.

But DeGale, a bronze medallist from the 2006 Commonwealth Games and the first Brit to win Olympic gold since Audley Harrison in 2000, believes he has seen enough of Ogogo to predict differing fortunes at the 2012 Olympics.

'Anthony Ogogo is a really good fighter who I like watching,' said Visa Team 2012 ambassador DeGale, speaking at the Grove Hotel in London. 'It was quite funny at the Commonwealth Games because he lost in the final against Eamonn O'Kane, who was someone I beat when I was an amateur.

'He lost but I remember thinking the scoring was a bit strange.

'But still he is a good fighter. I have sparred with him in the gym and he is a nice lad. He came down with me and I moved him around the ring a little bit. He is a good one for the future and I will definitely be watching him at 2012.'

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Ogogo will return to the ring this month as part of a strong Great Britain team for the inaugural GB Amateur Boxing Championships in Liverpool.

He will square off against the best in England, Scotland and Wales and DeGale insists that and the Commonwealth Games will stand him in good stead come the 2012 Olympics.

'I really enjoyed watching Anthony at the Commonwealths but I have to say the scoring was a bit suspect and a bit mad at times too,' he added.

'But things being like that will only prepare him for what to expect at the Olympics.

'I know going to Australia in 2006 really helped me in Beijing.'

• Visa is proud to be presenting Partner of Team 2012, a team of 1,200 athletes across the UK who are aiming to compete at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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