Anthony Ogogo pulls out of Las Vegas date

Anthony Ogogo

Anthony Ogogo - Credit: Archant Norfolk

Anthony Ogogo has withdrawn from a dream fight in Las Vegas next month, the Lowestoft middleweight admitting the date came too soon for him.

The 24-year-old was due to fight on the undercard of US star Floyd Mayweather Junior’s clash with Saul Alvarez at the MGM Grand Hotel on September 14.

The unbeaten former Triple A Boxing Club member, who won bronze at last summer’s Olympics in London, has been continuing to build up his fitness following his fifth round stoppage of Gary Boulden in Hull, in July.

He has used the time in between to manage and recover from niggles that come naturally due to the intensity of the training boxing requires.

Ogogo is expected to return to the ring as soon as possible and hopes to fight at least twice more before the end of the calendar year.

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On his withdrawal, Ogogo said, “I’m obviously hugely disappointed to have to pull out from this card.

“It was a huge honour for me to be included and it would have been a fantastic experience to be involved in one of the biggest cards in recent history.

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“However, going into a fight fully fit and firing on all cylinders is of paramount importance to me.

“This fight just came a little too soon for me and I wouldn’t have been doing myself, Golden Boy or the card justice if I fought when I wasn’t 100%.

“The support I have received since turning professional, particularly from the British fans, has been incredible and I’d like to thank everyone for their continued support.

“I’m now looking forward to getting myself in the best shape possible and getting back in the ring as soon as possible”.

CEO for Golden Boy, who promote Ogogo, Richard Schaefer had said: “He’s (Ogogo) a kid who can fight and a kid who’s tremendously charismatic.

“He’s going into his fourth fight now and he certainly has the most endorsement deals already,”

He added: “The reason why he has that is because he is one of the most well-spoken individuals I have ever met – very charismatic, very funny and just a great guy, so he is going to be on the card as well.”

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