Olympic boxing medallist, Anthony Ogogo turns professional

anthony-ogogoLondon 2012 bronze medallist Anthony Ogogo has signed his first professional contract, with his debut set to be in February in the United States.

Middleweight Ogogo, 24, has joined Los Angeles-based promoter Golden Boy Promotions.

“Following the Olympics I’ve been looking to the future and considering a number of options,” said the Lowestoft fighter.

“I feel that the time is now right to turn professional with Golden Boy.”

Ogogo, who has a Nigerian father, has been contemplating whether to turn pro since his podium finish at London 2012.

He produced a memorable Olympic moment when he upset Ukraine’s world number one Ievgen Khytrov in a thrilling bout on his way to a bronze medal.

He said in October that he may have to forego his “massive desire” to go to Rio 2016 in favour of turning professional.

Ogogo’s exploits in London dramatically raised his profile and attracted the attention of numerous promoters, including former world champion Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy organisation and the Barry Hearn-owned Matchroom Sport.

He opted to join Golden Boy, who say the Briton is likely to make his professional debut in Brooklyn on February 9 against an opponent yet to be decided.

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