Anthony Ogogo is building up an army of big-hitting fans

ANTHONY Ogogo is building up quite an army of famous fans as he continues on a remarkable voyage to win gold at the Olympics.

Boxing legend Oscar de la Hoya, now owner of Golden Boy Promotions tweeted the 23-year-old last week following his exploits in the earlier rounds, while the Lowestoft boxer has also received well wishes from Sheffield’s world-title contender Kell Brook and Nottingham world champion Carl Froch.

Another former world champion, Britain’s Lennox Lewis, who won gold for Canada at the Seoul Olympics in 1988, also turned to twitter to praise Ogogo having met the Triple A Boxing Club man shortly after his victory over German Stefan Hartel.

Ogogo’s coach John Cremin said: “Anthony met Lennox Lewis on Monday and Lennox congratulated him on his skills, ringcraft and the way he delivered his punches.

“But he was amazed at the way Anthony dug in during the fight and praised the determination he showed.”

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Lewis also spoke as a pundit for the BBC and enthused over the Suffolk man’s ability.

“Anthony Ogogo has got to be feeling good. It was a lot of work in there. It’s step by step - three fights down, now the next one.

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“I was really impressed with Anthony Ogogo in his middleweight quarter-final. I know Anthony’s mum is ill and he’s done very well to put all the negative things aside. He wants to win this thing and that’s what it takes to be an Olympic champion.”

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