Lowestoft boxer Ogogo wins major award

Lowestoft boxing star Anthony Ogogo has picked up another accolade for his dedication to the sport.

The 22-year-old from Lowestoft has been crowned Senior Boxer of the Year at the Amateur Boxing Association of England (ABAE) annual awards in Sheffield.

The awards are ABAE's way of recognising the achievements and hard work of its clubs, boxers and volunteers over the past year.

Ogogo has successfully battled against injury to regain a place in Team GB's 21-strong Podium squad which trains at the English Institute of Sport – Sheffield (EIS-Sheffield). After a long and frustrating lay-off from the sport, he quickly proved that he was a strong contender for 2012.

He entered October's Commonwealth Games with a long list of domestic and international wins already under his belt, but it was his defeat of the home nation's celebrity and Olympic medallist, Vijender Singh, in the semi-finals of the Commonwealth Games, which put a media spotlight on him.

The middleweight won silver at the Gee Bee tournament in Helsinki at the weekend.

Ogogo trains at Triple A Amateur Boxing Club in the Eastern Counties.

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Rob McCracken, performance director for GB Boxing, said: 'Anthony is a huge talent on the GB Podium squad and is a role model for young people with a sporting dream. He has shown dedication to not only reach such a high standard, but to regain that excellence to come back after injury. He is a focused individual and I hope he continues his successes to make the London 2012 team.'

Ogogo was in Finland with the GB Boxing squad on the night of the awards, so his team-mate Savannah Marshall accepted the award on his behalf.

The ABAE annual awards ceremony was attended by more than 200 people including past and present stars from the world of boxing and there was a special international boxing match between teams for England and Scotland.