Anthony Ogogo confident of beating Wayne Reed on his way to becoming ‘best boxer in world’
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Suffolk Olympian Anthony Ogogo is in no doubt as to his career goal – he wants to become “the best boxer in the world.”
And the charismatic middleweight is confident of taking another step towards that aim this weekend, when he moves up in class to battle Wayne Reed at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on Saturday night.
Ogogo, unbeaten in six fights with three stoppages, knows he will have to be at his best against Reed, a career super middleweight who has mixed it with quality fighters including highly-rated Commonwealth 168lbs champion Rocky Fielding, British champion Kenny Anderson and former world title holder Robin Reid.
All of the above stopped Reed in the latter rounds of their bouts – Fielding in six, Anderson in three and Reid in four – but Ogogo recognises this is a dangerous test in his fledgling career.
“He’s a handful, Wayne Reed,” said the Lowestoft fighter.
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“He’s big, he’s strong and he’s heavy-handed – and he’s a southpaw as well which always makes it a bit more awkward as everything is backwards.
“He’s the first southpaw I’ve faced as a professional, so it’s an extra challenge.
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“He’s 10 (wins) and eight (losses) but he’s only ever lost to good guys – if you’re not up there quality-wise, he’ll beat you.
“Of the guys that have beaten him, no one has blown him away.
“He comes to win, which is good for me because he’ll come forward and open himself up to my shots.
“I’ve got full confidence I’m going to beat this guy on Saturday night and then it’s on to the next one.
“I want to have three or four fights by the end of this year and then start picking up titles.”
The 25-year-old has previously spoken of his desire to lift the English title by the end of 2014, and continues to work tirelessly on his craft, splitting his training between Norwich, Sheffield and London in his quest to be the very best.
And the London 2012 bronze medallist also plans to follow in the footsteps of fellow Olympian Amir Khan by spending more of his training time in America.
“Definitely, whether it be this year or next year, I want to go and spend two or three months out in America working with various people – like anything, you never stop learning,” Ogogo added.
“I want to be the best boxer in the world one day.
“Everything is going well, I’m where I want to be.
“I’m still a baby in this game but in another two or three years I want to be knocking on the door of a world title, win it and then defend it for four or five years.”
- You can watch Ogogo’s fight on Sky Sports 1. ‘Fight Night’ starts at 7pm on Saturday.