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Ogogo aims to impress De La Hoya upon ring return

Phil Jay 11/04/2015

Picture by Lawrence Lustig

UK middleweight contender Anthony Ogogo is planning to make a ‘big splash’ when the London 2012 bronze medallist makes his eagerly-awaited comeback from serious achilles’ injuries in the summer.

Ogogo, 26, has been forced to endure a frustrating time since defeating Wayne Reed to record a seventh straight win in the pro ranks last July, but as the Lowestoft fighter told WBN last week, he aims to fully fighting fit in the coming months.

Signed to US-based Golden Boy Promotions, which is headed by boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya, Ogogo expects to be back in action on home soil initially, and says his fellow Olympic medallist has promised to fly over especially to see him fight in the flesh.

“My team and I met with Oscar in November as it’s such an exciting period for me and he wants to re-launch me, so to speak,” Ogogo told World Boxing News.

“I used to deal with Richard Schaefer and I was very much his signing, but now that he’s left, Oscar wants to be hands on with me like he is with the likes of Canelo (Alvarez). He said it’s almost a good thing that I’ve been out for a while as it will give me the chance to make a big splash when he re-launches my career.

“Oscar even said that he wants to come over to the UK and be ringside when I’m back in the ring – which is amazing for me. To have one of my idols flying over solely to be ringside for me and sitting front row – what an incentive that’ll be for me, if I ever needed one.”

Having initially turned pro in April 2013, seven fights in two years due to ailments beyond his control is not the return Ogogo was hoping for after ditching the head guard, although the Briton is promising to make up for lost time once he finally laces up the gloves again.

“The more I can fight the better,” he stated. “Due to the distance and travel it makes sense to fight at home which is exactly what I want to do. Whether that’ll be on Matchroom shows or other promoters shows, I don’t really mind. I just want as many eyeballs on me as possible.

“If I can get on terrestrial TV then great, but I just want to fight so where it is and what network it’s on is irrelevant to me. There are middleweights out there that’ll be getting beat by me regardless,” added Ogogo.

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