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Anthony Osezua Ojo Ogogo (born 24 November 1988) is a retired English professional middleweight boxer[1] from Lowestoft in England, promoted by Golden Boy Promotions. He is now in training to become wrestler with All Elite Wrestling. In 2015, he participated in the 13th series of BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing

Anthony Ogogo
Anthony ogogo bw.jpg
Ogogo training in 2009
Statistics
Weight(s)Middleweight
Height5 ft 11 12 in (182 cm)
NationalityEnglish
Born (1988-11-24) 24 November 1988 (age 30)
Lowestoft, Suffolk, England
Boxing record
Total fights12
Wins11
Wins by KO7
Losses1
Draws0
No contests0

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Early lifeEdit

Anthony was born to an English mother and Nigerian father.[1]

In his youth Ogogo attended many Football in the Community courses run by Norwich City, resulting in him being invited for a trial at the club and playing in their youth team.[2]

Amateur careerEdit

2004 Junior OlympicsEdit

Having taken up boxing aged 12, Ogogo won a gold medal in the 2004 Junior Olympics final held in Texas.[2][3]

2005 IABA Cadet World championshipsEdit

In 2005, Ogogo won gold at the IABA Cadet World Championships at the 70 kg division by beating Ruslan Derbenev of Russia in the final. A 1,000-plus capacity crowd watched the bout at the St George's Hall in Liverpool.

2010 Commonwealth GamesEdit

Ogogo competed in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India in the Middleweight (75 kg) Division and won a silver medal after being defeated in the final by Northern Ireland's Eamonn O'Kane by a score of 16–4.[4]

2012 Olympic GamesEdit

 
Round of 16 bout against Evhen Khytrov (red) at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London

Ogogo secured his place on the GB Boxing team for the 2012 London Olympics in Trabzon, Turkey in April 2012. Ogogo was the first of the British boxers to make their Olympic debut, on 28 July, opening with a round of 32 bout against Junior Castillo of Dominican Republic, who he beat by a score of 13–6. In his round of 16 bout, Ogogo entered the biggest fight, against world champion and world number one, Ukrainian, Evhen Khytrov. With the judges score drawn, and the 52–52 count-back score not separating the fighters, the decision went down to the judges to press either the blue or red pad based on their opinion as to who deserved the decision. The majority of the five officials chose Ogogo. One fight from a bronze medal, Ogogo fought Germany's Stefan Härtel in the quarter-finals. Ogogo continued his successful form with a 15–10 victory. He went on to box Brazilian Esquiva Falcão Florentino in the semi-final but his opponent proved to be too strong for the him. Ogogo lost the bout 16:9, claiming a bronze medal.[5] A post box in his home town of Lowestoft (on Rectory Road) was painted bronze in honour of this result.[6], but has since been re-painted red.

Professional careerEdit

Boxing (2012-2019)Edit

In December 2012, Ogogo signed his first professional contract, with Los Angeles-based promotional company, Golden Boy Promotions.[2]

He won his first professional bout against Kieron Gray, stopping him in the second round.[7]

After 7 professional fights, Ogogo was out for a year after requiring surgery for an achilles injury. During his comeback fight against Ruslan Schelev in July 2015 he dislocated his shoulder in the second round, but continued until the end of the six rounds to take a unanimous decision.[8]

On 29 May 2016 Ogogo needed less than three rounds to win his comeback from injury. After a one-sided two-and-a-half rounds, Gary Cooper's corner threw in the towel to award Ogogo a successful return from a 10-month absence.[9] Cooper who was an 11th-hour replacement for Germany's Chris Herrmann in Glasgow on the undercard of Ricky Burns’ Super WBA super-lightweight title fight.[10]

It was announced on 10 June that Ogogo would fight for the first time at the O2 Arena on the undercard of Joshua-Breazeale world title fight on 25 June. This would be part of a stacked card including George Groves, Martin Murray, Chris Eubank Jr, Conor Benn and Dillian Whyte.[11] Ogogo defeated Frane Radnic (11-2, 10 KOs), after knocking Radnic down from a left in the 1st round. Radnic did not return for round 2.[12] Ogogo fought for the third time in just seven weeks against experienced 37 year old Bronislav Kubin (19-20-2, 12 KOs) in Berlin on the undercard of a super-middleweight world title fight.[13] Ogogo won the fight via 2nd-round TKO. Kubin was knocked down twice in round one and four times in round 2 as the referee waved the fight off.[14]

Ogogo's first title match was announced, which would take place at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham on 22 October on the undercard of the Frankie Gavin vs. Sam Eggington fight. Ogogo fought Craig Cunningham (16-1, 3 KOs) for the vacant WBC International middleweight title.[15] Ogogo suffered his first loss since turning pro, having been dropped by Cunningham in round 2, who then controlled the remainder of the fight. Trainer Tony Sims pulled Ogogo out of the fight during the 8th round after a timeout by referee Ian John Lewis, due to blurred vision. Ogogo was also staggered by Cunningham's accurate counter punching in rounds four and five.[16] It was confirmed after the fight that Ogogo fractured his eye socket and would be out until later 2017.[17] In January 2017, Ogogo's promoter Nisse Sauerland said that he was recovering well and would make a return in the second half of 2017.[18]

In March 2017, still wanting to become a world champion, Ogogo was registered blind. He was advised to retire by a number of eye specialists. At this stage, Ogogo had undergone two operations on his left eye. Speaking to Lowestoft Journal, Ogogo said his driving license was also taken away from him as he was not allowed to drive.[19]

On 11 March 2019, having not fought since October 2016, Ogogo retired from boxing at the age of 30.[20] He released a long statement thanking many names who had helped and guided him throughout his amateur and professional career, closing the statement with, "I’ve been through a lot in my career. I’ve had 17 operations and suffered every pain imaginable. I’ve won, lost, cried and hurt. But if you were to ask me would I do it again? In a heartbeat. I love this game." He retired with a record of 11 wins, 7 inside the distance and 1 sole loss, during his short 4-year professional career.[21]

Wrestling (2019-)Edit

Following his retirement from boxing, Ogogo has been considering a career in professional wrestling. [22]

Professional boxing recordEdit

Professional record summary
12 fights 11 wins 1 loss
By knockout 7 1
By decision 4 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
12 Loss 11–1   Craig Cunningham TKO 8 (10), 1:28 22 Oct 2016   Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham, England For vacant WBC International middleweight title
11 Win 11–0   Bronislav Kubin TKO 2 (8), 2:38 23 Jul 2016   Max Schmeling Halle, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin
10 Win 10–0   Frane Radnić RTD 1 (6), 3:00 25 Jun 2016   The O2 Arena, London, Engand
9 Win 9–0   Gary Cooper TKO 3 (6), 1:26 28 May 2016   SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland
8 Win 8–0   Ruslan Schelev UD 6 18 Jul 2015   Gerry Weber Stadion, Halle, Nordrhein-Westfalen
7 Win 7–0   Wayne Reed TKO 5 (6), 1:06 12 Jul 2014   Echo Arena Liverpool, Liverpool, England
6 Win 6–0   Jonel Tapia TKO 3 (8), 0:46 3 May 2014   MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
5 Win 5–0   Greg O'Neill PTS 6 1 Mar 2014   Scottish Exhibition Centre, Glasgow, Scotland
4 Win 4–0   Dan Blackwell PTS 6 14 Dec 2013   ExCel Arena, London, England
3 Win 3–0   Gary Boulden TKO 5 (6), 0:33 13 Jul 2013   Craven Park, Hull, England
2 Win 2–0   Edgar Perez UD 6 18 May 2013   Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey
1 Win 1–0   Kieron Gray TKO 2 (6), 2:00 27 Apr 2013   Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, England Professional debut

In the mediaEdit

On 3 January 2008, Ogogo entered Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack on Channel 4, finishing in fourth place. Anthony had a naked photoshoot for Attitude magazine and continues to work as a semi-professional model through his official website. He also appeared in an advert for the sandwich store chain, Subway alongside track and field athlete Holly Bleasdale and later gymnast Louis Smith. In 2013, he appeared in the third heat of the ITV diving show Splash!, making it through to the semi-final the following week. However, on the semi-final, Anthony had to withdraw due to an injury he sustained from his dive the previous week. On 21 August 2015, it was announced that Ogogo would be competing on Strictly Come Dancing, together with Oti Mabuse. They were eliminated second; on the third week of competition.[23] In February 2018, he took part in Celebrity Haunted Mansion on W. He has also recently appeared on Bear Grylls' The Island.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Anthony Osejua Ojo Ogogo". www.aiba-london.com. Retrieved 20 December 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "Anthony Ogogo, Olympic boxing medallist, turns professional". BBC Sport. 27 December 2012. Retrieved 28 December 2012.
  3. ^ "Anthony Ogogo". www.gbboxing.org.uk. Archived from the original on 17 August 2012. Retrieved 28 December 2012.
  4. ^ "'Tired' Anthony Ogogo settles for boxing silver". bbc.co.uk. 13 October 2010. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Anthony Ogogo – Events and results". www.london2012.com. Archived from the original on 27 January 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2012.
  6. ^ Gray, Natalie (28 September 2012). "Bronze postbox makes mail chiefs see red". ITV. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  7. ^ Domin, Martin (27 April 2013). "Anthony Ogogo won his first professional fight | Mail Online". Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  8. ^ Dennen, John (2015) "Anthony Ogogo: ‘I just have to go through a dark path to get there’", Boxing News, 10 November 2015. Retrieved 11 November 2015
  9. ^ "Ogogo wins after 10 month lay off". Sky Sports. 29 May 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  10. ^ Lakey, Chris. "Ogogo declares war on middleweight rivals". Lowestoft Journal. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  11. ^ "Ogogo added to o2 Arena stacked card". Sky Sports. 10 June 2016. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  12. ^ "Anthony Ogogo retires Frane Radnic after round 1". boxrec.com. Archived from the original on 15 August 2016. Retrieved 25 June 2016.
  13. ^ "Ogogo to fight in Berlin". Sky Sports. 13 July 2016. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  14. ^ "Anthony Ogogo, Charlie Edwards Win Big in Germany - Boxing News". www.boxingscene.com. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
  15. ^ "Anthony Ogogo and Craig Cunningham fight for the WBC International title". Ring News 24. 6 October 2016. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
  16. ^ "Craig Cunningham Drops, Shocks Anthony Ogogo For TKO Win - Boxing News". www.boxingscene.com. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  17. ^ "Anthony Ogogo Suffered Broken Eye Socket in Cunningham Loss - Boxing News". www.boxingscene.com. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  18. ^ "Anthony Ogogo could box in 2017 after recovering from injury, says Nisse Sauerland". Sky Sports. 17 January 2017. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  19. ^ "Anthony Ogogo Registered Blind After Fracturing Eye Socket". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  20. ^ "Anthony Ogogo: Fractured eye socket and other injuries force Olympian to retire". 11 March 2019 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  21. ^ "Anthony Ogogo Announces His Retirement From Boxing". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  22. ^ https://www.edp24.co.uk/sport/anthony-ogogo-ready-to-become-a-wrestler-1-6097087
  23. ^ "Hoping to be a knockout on the dance floor, it's Anthony Ogogo!". BBC. Retrieved 21 August 2015.

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