Anthony Ogogo targets English title by the end of the year - and calls out ‘arrogant’ Chris Eubank Junior
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Suffolk boxing star Anthony Ogogo wants to lift his first title by the end of this year – and then settle the score with fierce rival Chris Eubank Junior in an all-British superfight.
London 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Ogogo, 25, has won all six of his fights since turning professional and signing with Golden Boy Promotions, run by boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya.
The middleweight stopped latest foe Jonel Tapia in three rounds on the Floyd Mayweather Jnr-Marcos Maidana undercard in Las Vegas, and is hungry to move quickly through the rankings.
“I’m where I want to be,” he said. “But I’m a very competitive person and I want to be further along because I want to get there yesterday.
“I really would like to have some sort of title by the end of the year. The English title is held by Danny Butler (23-5). He’s a good boxer but I’m going to see if my management team can get me that fight by the end of the year.”
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Looking further ahead, Ogogo is excited by the possibilities on the British middleweight scene. Established world-level fighters Martin Murray and Matthew Macklin aside, there is no-one whom the charismatic Lowestoft fighter should fear.
“There’s some quality British boxers coming through (at middleweight),” he said. “If you believe in yourself, as I do, the better the competition, the better for you.
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“I’m hoping to be in fights as big as George Groves-Carl Froch in a couple of years and you need good domestic rivals to do that. I want to be the best middleweight in the world.”
And there is one man whom Ogogo feels he could one day face in an all-British clash to rival the likes of Froch-Groves and Nigel Benn-Chris Eubank – Eubank’s son, Chris junior, who is unbeaten in 15 fights.
“I don’t really know the guy, but he just really annoys me,” he said. “He’s never done anything, yet he has all that arrogance.
“He didn’t go to the Olympic Games and he was meant to fight me twice in the ABAs but he pulled out both times.
“He’s got his last name, but he’s done nothing to earn that.
“It’s a fight I would love because I think it would be very good – we’re both young and hit hard. Outside of the ring there’s a lot of traits about him I don’t like.
“If we both keep on winning then in a couple of years that can be an absolutely massive fight.”