Lowestoft boxer Anthony Ogogo fulfils a dream in US
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Anthony Ogogo admitted his victory over Edgar Perez was 'a little dream fulfilled' after the Lowestoft boxer put in a polished display in Atlantic City on Saturday night.
The 24-year-old outclassed his Puerto Rican opponent in six rounds and was awarded a unanimous decision by the judges to record his second win as a professional.
There was never any doubt from the first bell as Ogogo demonstrated some excellent combination work, which Perez had little answer to.
Perez did at least give the Olympic bronze medallist a decent workout after Ogogo crushed Kieron Gray within two rounds during his debut fight at the end of April.
'I don't want to blow everybody away,' said the middleweight. 'Richard (Schaefer, Golden Boy chief executive) could have easily got me someone I could have taken apart in a round or two but I needed somebody like that, tough and durable, to take me into the later rounds.
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'It was a massive learning curve and thoroughly enjoyable – I could have done another six – I enjoyed it that much.' Ogogo was audibly coached by middleweight legend Bernard Hopkins throughout the six rounds and the youngster admitted it was an honour to add his name to the list of legendary fighters to have fought in Atlantic City.
'It's so surreal having Bernard coaching me from the outside – it was amazing,' he said. 'This is why I signed with Golden Boy. I can add my name now to people like Bernard Hopkins, Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis, Floyd Mayweather – amazing boxers like that. I'm a tiny little fraction of that history now.'
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Hopkins believes Ogogo could be a big hit on both sides of the Atlantic if he continues to learn at his current rate.
'He got the work in and he was in there with a veteran that knew how to survive,' said Hopkins. 'He picked the shots – he will look at the tapes and then he will learn from here.
'He's got to learn from this fight and then in his third fight you will see even more improvement, then he will be a household name as times goes on.'