Ogogo has world in his hands

  • By: Simon Crawford
  • Last Updated: July 16 2014, 13:16 BST

Anthony Ogogo believes having the best of both worlds will help him realise his ambition of becoming a world champion.

Ogogo lands a right hand to the head of Wayne Reed
Ogogo lands a right hand to the head of Wayne Reed

The 2012 Olympic bronze medallist chalked up his seventh straight win in the paid ranks last weekend with a fifth-round stoppage of Sheffield's Wayne Reed, who was also down in the opening round of their clash in Liverpool.

The 25-year-old signed with the renowned US-based Golden Boy Promotions when he turned pro in December 2012 and they have allowed him to box on both sides of the Atlantic - including on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather's clash with Marcos Maidana in May.

"It's been an unbelievable experience training and boxing in the States," the Lowestoft-born fighter told sportinglife.com.

"Every aspiring boxer wants to get to the top and wants to fight in places like Las Vegas and Golden Boy can help me do all these amazing things.

"They also enable me to box in the UK as well as they have a great relationship with Matchroom which allows me to box on Eddie Hearn's shows.

"It means I can build my profile over here and also in the States. I want to get to the top one day and to be a world class boxer you need to fight on both sides of the Atlantic so I'm a very happy young man at the moment that I am being allowed to do both.

"My next appearance is set for the undercard of the Shawn Porter v Kell Brook clash in Carson City on August 16. Another big bill for me to be on, it's outdoors so it will be a great experience.

"I'm looking to fight once a month, I want to keep busy and build some momentum. I'm fit and have no injuries so hopefully it won't be long before I'm fighting the cream of British boxing for titles."

Ogogo's exposure in the United States has already resulted in him gaining one celebrity fan - the legendary Sugar Ray Leonard.

"I actually met him a couple of years ago and it's difficult for me to put into words how much of a nice man he is," said Ogogo (7-0 4KOs).

"There's that old mantra that you shouldn't meet your heroes but he just rubbishes that. I can be sat at home and I'll get a tweet or an e-mail and it's from him - it's just unbelievable really!

"Generally I think he just wants to know how I'm getting on and this is not me being big-headed because I'm a million miles away from Sugar Ray Leonard, but I think he sees something of him in me.

"We just seem to get on well. I know I can always ask him any questions so it's a great thing to be able to do as he was such a great champion."

Durable southpaw Reed had been expected to give Ogogo his toughest test to date, but was picked apart before the fight was halted in the fifth on Saturday.

It was a winning return to Liverpool for Ogogo who had previously won the world junior championships in the city back in 2005.

"Wayne Reed is renowned in boxing as a tough competitor and has mixed in some very good company up at super-middleweight so I was very happy with that performance," said Ogogo.

"He's strong and very resilient so to get a KO win was very nice. I dropped him in round one and it was a bit weird because I really wanted him to get back up - it was nice to show I had the power but I didn't really want a one-round blowout.

"I knew he was tough so I wanted to get some rounds out of him - he was a good opponent for me to show my array of shots.

"I think I've always had the power and I think it's been a little under-rated ... but I'm not too concerned if people think I can't punch and take me lightly!

"I'm still learning all the time. When I turned pro from the amateurs I almost had to try and forget most of what I had learned and start again.

"Injury set me back a few months but I'm now back to where I want to be. I've got the power, I've got the handspeed, I'm very dedicated and I work hard so hopefully the world is my oyster and I just want to carry on getting better."

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