World title belts or gold in Rio? Ogogo ponders future after Olympic bronze

By Martin Domin


Anthony Ogogo is confident he has the skills to turn pro – if that’s the path he takes after winning bronze at London 2012.

The middleweight star reached the semi-finals last month but was outpointed by Brazilian Esquiva Falcao Florentino.

And although he insists he has yet to make a decision regarding his future, Ogogo is confident he could make the leap to the paid ranks.

Boxing stars: Anthony Ogogo (right) with fellow Brit Luke Campbell

Boxing stars: Anthony Ogogo (right) with fellow Brit Luke Campbell

‘I feel like I’ve got the mental and physical toughness to turn pro,’ he told Sportsmail. 'I train hard and I’m dedicated; I’ve got all the things you need to be a top fighter. 

‘I’m willing to travel round the world to learn my trade and if I do decide to go down that avenue I think I’ll be successful.

‘I haven’t done anything for a month, I haven’t even thought about boxing. I’m back in Sheffield with the Team GB squad this week and I’ll talk to the hierarchy. I’m sure there will be a lot of interest from the professional side so I’ll need to sit down and decide what I want to do.

‘I’ve got a contract until the end of the year and obviously the coaches want Team GB to prosper but they also want us to do well because they care about us. Staying amateur may be best for me but I haven’t given it much thought yet. 

‘I’m looking forward to either winning the gold medal in Rio or lots of belts as a pro.’

Good effort: Ogogo salutes the crowd after losing to Esquiva Falcao Florentino

Good effort: Ogogo salutes the crowd after losing to Esquiva Falcao Florentino

Since standing on the podium, Ogogo has been thrust into the spotlight as the country basks in the athletes’ success.

The 23-year-old also enjoyed a special occasion with one of his heroes.

‘It’s been a massive whirlwind but it’s been really, really good,’ he admitted.

‘It’s been nice to have a break after all the hard work. I’ve pushed my body to the extreme over the last 18 months.

‘It’s been good to do normal things that I haven’t been able to do like spending time with my family and friends. I went to the Belgian Grand Prix which was absolutely brilliant as I’ve never experienced that before.

‘I’m so dedicated all the time so I need to be able to do fun things otherwise I would just associate boxing with sacrifice.

‘I was invited to have dinner with Sugar Ray Leonard and I sat on the top table. We were hanging out all night, it was really good. He’s a gentleman and he gave me his details in case he can help me out, whether I stay amateur or turn professional.

Got the skills: Ogogo (left) believes he could make it in the professional game

Got the skills: Ogogo (left) believes he could make it in the professional game

‘I’ve watched more of his fights than any other fighter in the world. He’s at my weight and he boxed in a way I’d like to box. I watched all of his Olympic fights because they were phenomenal. He was so fast and boxed so many different styles.’

Ogogo went into the Games determined to win gold after being put through the mill following a serious shoulder injury before his mum was taken to hospital after suffering a brain aneurism.

And although he retains a tinge of regret at not to be on the top step of the podium, Ogogo can now reflect positively on his achievement.

‘I’m happier now than I was a month ago,’ he added. ‘I’m still disappointed I didn’t win the gold medal because that’s been my dream since I was a little kid but I had a lot to contend with leading up the Games.

‘Three years ago I was working in a bar for 5 an hour and even 14 months ago I was in hospital after the operation on my arm. I couldn’t move it and I was in excruciating pain; I felt a million miles away from the podium at the Olympics.

‘Even when I got the Games, the draw I was handed was really tough so to get a medal was a big achievement.'

Strength to shine: Ogogo is aware of the importance of sports nutrition

Strength to shine: Ogogo is aware of the importance of sports nutrition

Ogogo has been overwhelmed by the public reaction since winning his medal and hopes his success can inspire others.

‘I had a parade in my hometown and 2,000 people came in the middle of the day,’ he said. ‘It’s only a small town but I drove down the middle of the street and said a few words which was amazing. 

‘The teachers from my old school who used to tell me off and send me out the class came to show their support. I hope I can help people realise they can do good things with their lives.

‘I’d say to young people just to be dedicated. If they love a sport, they’ve got to work hard and anything can happen if you put your mind to it and believe.

'Nutrition is also important. Maximuscle have helped me no end, particularly after the Ukrainian fight [Ievgen Khytrov in the second round]. I was so down and physically tired but when you’ve got sports nutrition behind you, it really can help.’


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He should turn pro. He however is too easy to hit though and needs to work on his "D".

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