Ogogo desperate to rise up middleweight rankings

Anthony Ogogo unleashes a big right during his win against Gary Boulden in Hull.

Anthony Ogogo unleashes a big right during his win against Gary Boulden in Hull. - Credit: PA

Anthony Ogogo already feels he can mix it with the best the UK has to offer but knows he must bide his time to make his mark in the middleweight division.

Ogogo was impressive in stopping Gary Boulden in the fifth round on Saturday to register his third win since turning professional at the start of the year.

The 24-year-old was expecting a tough test against Boulden, who once took current British champion Billy Joe Saunders the distance. However, Ogogo had too much class for his opponent and hopes the victory will help raise his profile in the boxing world.

'I was looking at the middleweight rankings and I'm not even in the top 50 at the moment – that should change after my win,' said the Olympic bronze medallist. 'But I feel confident that I could beat anyone outside the top five at the moment. The top five are world class and that's what I'm obviously working towards.

'But I've got enough confidence in my ability that I could live with anyone outside of that.'

Ogogo is desperate to fast-track his way to the top but knows he is still not at the level necessary to challenge for titles.

Ogogo wants to serve his apprenticeship in the professional game before targetting the British title.

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'I'm not going to call out Billy Joe Saunders – he has been in the pro game for four and half years and I've been in it for four and a half minutes,' he said. 'He's now the British champion and he's in very good form – I know that I've still got a long way to go. Billy is a really talented kid.

'I'm obviously ambitious and want to fight at the top level but I also realise it's going to take time and it's important that I serve my apprenticeship as a pro first.'

Ogogo plans to take a short break before joining Bernard Hopkins for a training camp in Philadelphia next month.

Ogogo is in discussions with Golden Boy chief executive Richard Schaefer about the possibility of fighting on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather's world title fight against Saul Alvarez in Las Vegas later this year.

'I'm hoping for some good news on that this week,' said Ogogo. 'Richard (Schaefer) is in London this week and he phoned me to congratulate me on my fight. He's viewed as one of the most powerful men in boxing alongside Mayweather so to get praise from him means a lot to me. He wants me to take the boxing world by storm and that's what I'm planning to do.'