Ogogo can’t wait to fight on UK bill

Anthony Ogogo sparring with Nathan Dale at Kickstop Gym.

Anthony Ogogo sparring with Nathan Dale at Kickstop Gym. - Credit: Archant Norfolk

Anthony Ogogo will make his third foray into professional boxing in Hull on Saturday, July 13 at MS3 Craven Park.

Ogogo, who signed with Golden Boy Promotions in January, will fight on the undercard of fellow Team GB medallist Luke Campbell, who will make his professional debut in his hometown after signing with UK-based promoters, Matchroom Boxing.

Ogogo's opponent has yet to be determined but he will be looking to build on impressive performances against Kieron Gray in Sheffield and Edgar Perez in Alantic City earlier this year.

The 24-year-old expects a tougher test this time round in front of an expected capacity crowd of 10,000 as he looks to make his mark on both sides of the Atlantic.

'I don't know who it's going to be against yet but I've asked for someone with a winning record,' said Ogogo. 'The boxer we've been looking at has got a record of three wins and one draw and I want to fight someone with a bit of pedigree.'

Ogogo and Campbell's boxing careers have followed similar paths with the pair previously rooming together during their GB Boxing days at the English Institute for Sport in Sheffield.

While Ogogo battled a shoulder injury and news of a serious illness to his mother, Teresa, to win bronze at the Olympics, Campbell went all the way in the bantamweight division and the Lowestoft boxer hopes they can recapture some of the Olympic spirit that swept over the country last year.

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He said: 'Luke and I have been together for the last 10 years and I remember joking with him that I see more of him than my girlfriend! We both went to the Junior Olympics in 2004 and we've always looked out for one another.

'I've read recently that the feelgood factor of the Olympics has dwindled a bit but with two Olympians on the bill hopefully we can get a bit of that back.'

Ogogo was pleased to continue his professional education on these shores after US-based Golden Boy arranged a deal for him to fight on some of Matchroom's shows in the future.

'It makes perfect sense to me – hopefully I can fight in Britain more often as a result,' he said. 'The more I fight in Britain then the more people are going to be able to see me and hopefully I can build up a fanbase.'

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