Anthony Ogogo in control in third professional win
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Anthony Ogogo continued his ascent in professional boxing with his best display so far in beating Gary Boulden in Hull on Saturday evening.
The 24-year-old produced a confident performance to stop Boulden after 33 seconds of the fifth round with the Lowestoft middleweight looking in control throughout.
Several commentators predicted a tough evening against Boulden, who is a former Southern Area champion and took current British champion Billy Joe Saunders the distance in 2011.
But Boulden couldn’t cope with Ogogo’s jab in the early rounds and when he started unleashing big rights in the fourth round his opponent couldn’t cope.
“It was brilliant – Gary Boulden is a really tough opponent,” said Ogogo, who has now won all three of his fights since turning professional with Golden Boy Promotions at the start of the year. “He’s a former Southern Area champion and took the current British champion the whole 10 rounds.
“I was made up to get him out of there – he’s a tough kid and it’s one more step on the ladder climbed.”
Ogogo shone in front of a packed Hull crowd, the majority of which came to see local hero Luke Campbell, who took just 88 seconds to dispose of Andy Harris on his professional debut.
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Ogogo’s main reason for leaving the amateur ranks after winning an Olympic bronze medal was to fight in front of packed houses and he admitted he is gathering a taste for the limelight.
“I love it – it’s nice boxing in front of this packed stadium in Hull,” he said. “It’s phenomenal and I want more of this.”
Ogogo is now likely to take up an offer from Bernard Hopkins to train with the legendary middleweight in Philadelphia.
Hopkins is a confirmed fan of the Lowestoft middleweight after watching Ogogo’s win against Edgar Perez in Atlantic City.
“I’m going to speak to Micky (Cantwell) and my manager Dean (Baker) to try and get it sorted out,” added Ogogo. “Bernard was really keen for me to go over there when I fought in Atlantic City to do a bit of training. He’s arguably the most intelligent boxer on the planet – he’s got so much info both in and outside the ring. If I can take on even a tiny bit of his advice then I will come back a better boxer. I just want to get better as each day goes on.”
Any training with Hopkins would hopefully be in preparation for a fight on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather’s blockbuster title fight against Saul Alvarez in September.
Meanwhile, current IBF and WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch believes Ogogo is firmly on the right track in this embryonic stage of his professional career but insists there is still plenty of room for improvement.
“When he starts to sit down on his feet his shots will become bigger and he will start to punch harder,” he said. “He will settle down and he’s at the start of a very long journey but he’s doing very well at this early stage in his career and the signs are looking good.”