Lowestoft boxer Anthony Ogogo eyes Norwich show after title bout

Anthony Ogogo celebrates beating Gary Cooper in their Middleweight contest at the SSE Hydro, Glasgow

Anthony Ogogo celebrates beating Gary Cooper in their Middleweight contest at the SSE Hydro, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 28, 2016. See PA story BOXING Glasgow. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Anthony Ogogo will finally get his wish of fighting in Norfolk later this year – as long as he can win his first belt in Birmingham on Saturday.

The 27-year-old takes on Craig Cunningham for the WBC International Middleweight title this weekend and, if he wins, a date has been pencilled in at the Norfolk Showground on December 17 for a homecoming fight.

Ogogo, who has registered 10 straight wins since turning professional in 2013, would take on Elliott Matthews at the Showground in an eliminator for a British title shot next year and would put his belt on the line if he beats Cunningham.

The Olympic bronze medallist has also promised Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy that he can lead out his ringwalk later this year.

But Ogogo knows he must take care of business against Cunningham first.


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'I've got to win on Saturday – if I don't win on Saturday then all the plans go out of the window,' said Ogogo. 'But we've been working on a date of December 17 at the Norfolk Showground.

'I've wanted to box at home in Norwich since I turned pro but if I don't win this weekend then it won't happen.

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'I think it's time the big boxing events came back to Norfolk – it's been ignored for too long.

'I've already told John Ruddy that he can carry my belt into the ring. He's come to a lot of my fights and he's been a really big supporter of mine. He's absolutely buzzing about it.'

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