Olympic bronze medallist Anthony Ogogo has spoken out on the recent changes announced for the Olympic boxing program after the AIBA decided to remove head guards, along with making the scoring system similar to that in professional boxing.
The 24 year-old from Lowestoft, who recent turned professional with Golden Boy Promotions, believes that the amateur game was thriving in the wake of the success at the London Games and is eager to see how the new rules will affect the sport in the future.
“I’m undecided on how I feel about the coming changes to a sport that I love, amateur boxing,” Ogogo told World Boxing News.
“The purist part of me is a little upset that the rules are changing as I love Olympic style boxing. I love how much of an art it was to try and score a point and get out, then get back in and try to do it again.
“I loved how you had to focus for every second because a bad ten second spell, where you conceded say 3 or 4 points, could then mean that the fight would be as good as over. It required a completely different skill that is required for professional boxing. Not better or worse, just different. It was its own sport – with its own regulations, rules and appeal.
“On the other hand, I commend the AIBA for trying something different.”
Ogogo has been an avid viewer of the current World Series of Boxing, which pits amateur teams of fighters against each other in an initial league format and following knockout tournament to crown an eventual champion.
The amateur side of the game seems to be continually making moves closer to the professionals, although Ogogo would like the transition between the two entities remain the same – as it is a tried and tested format for young fighters.
“I admire their ambition with the World Series of Boxing and the AIBA Professional Boxing, and I’ve been impressed by our British Lionhearts team, but I for one am a traditionalist when it comes to my boxing,” explained Ogogo.
“I love watching the fleet of foot and point scoring of amateur boxing and I love professional boxing for the skills that that side of the sport requires. I’d prefer them to stay different, thus making it more exciting to see how an amateur boxer would fare turning his hand to pro boxing, like I am doing now.
“Either way, I will continue to watch with interest the future success of the British amateur team,” he added.
Ogogo makes his professional debut on the undercard of Amir Khan’s UK homecoming on April 27 at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, which it was confirmed today will be broadcast by dedicated fight channel BoxNation.