Ogogo overcomes food poisoning to register second win in US

Anthony Ogogo.

Anthony Ogogo. - Credit: PA

Anthony Ogogo has revealed how he overcame a bout of food poisoning to register the second win of his professional career in Atlantic City on Saturday night over Edgar Perez.

The 24-year-old gave a dominant display to defeat the Puerto Rican on points after six rounds to mask just how much pain the Olympic bronze medallist was feeling during the bout.

Ogogo believes a meal he ate the night before was the cause of his trouble and was pleased to come through the fight unscathed.

'He (Perez) hit me in the second or third round with a body punch and it wasn't even that hard and I just thought 'Oh God what's going on',' said Ogogo. 'I just felt really sick all of a sudden. I had wanted to drag him into a fight because it was clear he didn't want to engage with me much at all.

'But after that I couldn't risk getting hit to the body again so I kept my distance. The journey home was a bit of a nightmare and I had the doctor take a look at my bowels when I got home and he said they looked very active but they have since settled down.'

Despite his stomach complaint Ogogo did enough to impress the American public with Bernard Hopkins a new fan of Lowestoft's favourite son.

The current IBF light heavyweight champion, and legend of the middleweight division, could be heard throughout the fight coaching Ogogo from the side of the ring and it was only when the youngster realised who was offering the advice that he started to take notice.

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'I was trying to block it all out to start with and I just thought 'who is this guy constantly talking to me?', said Ogogo. 'Then at the end of the first round I looked over and it was Bernard Hopkins. It was so surreal so I then started trying to listen to him and do what he was saying.

'I had met him a couple of times before but for him to take such an interest in me really was humbling. He is someone that I've looked up to for years and years. He is one of the best boxers in my division that there has ever been.'

Ogogo's impression on Hopkins was so great that he has invited the middleweight over to Philadelphia later this year for a training camp.

'At the end of my fight he (Hopkins) was telling me that he wants me to come over to Philly and be part of his training camp,' added Ogogo. 'He couldn't wait to speak to (Golden Boy chief executive) Richard Schaefer about it.

'Maybe before a September fight I can take him up on his offer. I need to time it right though because they are very tough training camps and not for the faint-hearted.

'You don't want to be sparring too hard before a big fight but to have the chance to watch Hopkins close up like that would be amazing.'

Golden Boy plans to put Ogogo up for another fight between mid-June and mid-July although whether it is in the UK or the US is yet to be determined.

Ideally Ogogo would like to fight in the UK before crossing the Atlantic again but he admitted the glitz and the glamour of fighting in America had left him wanting more.

'Everyone out there just treated me so well,' he said. 'I've managed to travel a lot during my time as an amateur but a lot of the time it was to back and beyond. I was doing my runs in Central Park – the sun was shining and I did think to myself 'I could get used to this!'

'I was boxing at famous gyms like Trinity – I felt like I was living the dream. It has really whetted my appetite for it all.'