Rising middleweight star Anthony Ogogo has undergone another operation on his achilles in a bid to finally rid himself of the ailment that has hampered his career and made it stop-start thus far.
The 26-year-old, who turned pro with Golden Boy Promotions on the back of an Olympic medal in 2012, has fought just seven times in almost two years but says early media reports that he faces a further year out are wide of the mark.
“I just wanted to clear up a few things. I’ve had to go under the knife again to cure this blasted achilles injury that I’ve been hampered with for so long,” Ogogo exclusively told World Boxing News.
“The experts believe that this will finally clear the solution up and I’ll finally be able to launch my quest on middleweight supremacy. I am 100% sure I’ll be back before the reported time stated by the media. I’m aiming for a late spring-summer return. I will shake up the middleweight division!
“I’ve just been extremely unlucky and it seems like this bad luck has been lingering for as long as I can remember. If it’s not injury or illness to me or a loved one it’s something else. But I’m not going to sulk. I’m not a whinger, I keep my head down, work hard, and move forward.
“There are people fighting for their lives against disease each and every day so who am I to complain about a couple of sore legs. I’ll be back, and better than I’ve ever been,” he added.
Ogogo was expected to be in the mix with the likes of British rivals Billy Joe Saunders and Chris Eubank Jr this year, although the Lowestoft fighter will be hoping to be around domestic title level by 2016, whilst Saunders and Eubank are already hunting world honors.