Olympic hopeful Ogogo makes a golden start

Gearing up for the 'biggest year of his career' aspiring Olympian Anthony Ogogo has landed a knockout blow with a gold medal secured from his first tournament of 2011.

Competing at the highly-competitive Strandja Cup in Bulgaria last week, Ogogo won four fights in successive days to clinch gold for the GB squad, who won seven medals at the event.

The Triple A Boxing Club middleweight overcame a contentious public warning to beat Bulgaria's Marian Monmvhev 3-2 in their 75kg final.

A delighted Ogogo said: 'This tournament has been held for 62 consecutive years, is one of the oldest boxing tournaments in Europe and one of the most prestigious multi-nations events. So to get a gold is fantastic.'

The tournament was previously seen as an Olympic qualifier. But with a change in qualification tournaments this year, the first Olympic qualifier will not be until the Men's World Championships are held in September – a tournament the Lowestoft boxer is preparing for to book his London 2012 spot.


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Next month he will train with the Russian squad for two weeks at Sheffield, before fighting the current world number three from Russia. With multi-nation tournaments also planned, and the European championships in June – ahead of the worlds in September – it promises to be a busy time ahead.

'All the countries are preparing for the Olympics now by sending their number one fighters to all the tournaments, so it's tough,' he said.

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Ogogo had to overcome the odds in the final to overcome home favourite Momchev after he was controversially deducted two points via a public warning for what the referee deemed a slap. However, the GB team and Ogogo were adamant they were clean landing left hands.

'Basically I should have won by far more than 3-2,' he added.

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