EXCLUSIVE: Anthony Ogogo ready for pro debut on Amir Khan bill

Anthony Ogogo

Lawrence Lustig

Olympic bronze medallist Anthony Ogogo is raring to go following the announcement that he will make his professional debut on the undercard of the Amir Khan v Julio Diaz card at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield.

The 24-year-old from Lowestoft heads into the contest on April 27 with the considerable might of Golden Boy Promotions behind him and cannot wait to begin his run in the paid ranks in his home country this spring.

Ogogo, who is already a star in his own right in the UK, hopes to emulate compatriot Khan in claiming a world title in the not too distant future and knows that fighting on this kind of high-profile bills will only make that dream more of a reality.


“I’m proud to be British, and so the opportunity to turn pro on such a big fight card in England is a dream come true,” Anthony Ogogo told World Boxing News.

“I want to become a world champion. But this is the first crucial step. I know what I have to do, which is to win. And I want to win in style.

“I can’t wait to show the British public what I can do. I’ll be training as hard as I possibly can between now and April 27th to get myself in the best shape I’ve ever been in,” he added.

Khan, 26, makes his first appearance on home soil in two years on the aptly-named ‘Return of the King’ event.

His opponent, 33-year-old former world lightweight champion Diaz, is a heavy underdog to cause an upset.