December 12 2013 Latest news:
Friday, October 11, 2013
Anthony Ogogo believes he has “become his own man” since deciding to turn professional at the start of the year.
Ogogo has made a seamless transition from the amateur ranks in 2013 so far, chalking up three victories against Kieron Gray, Edgar Perez and Gary Boulden. It was a big decision for the Olympic bronze medallist to leave the cosseted amateur world of being part of the Team GB Boxing squad but he has no regrets.
“It’s very different in that it’s all down to me now,” he said. “When you’re an amateur you’re always told what to do and where to go. It’s quite a child-like existence really.
“If you have a problem someone else will sort it for you. As a professional you get the team that you want and it’s up to you to put it together.
“It’s all down to you – your manager, your trainer, they all work for you. I’ve had to become my own man and know exactly what I want. I like that – I like having that control over my career.”
The 24-year-old joked that having to manage his own budget is one of the drawbacks.
He added: “It’s definitely all a lot more expensive! But I’m aiming to get to the very top and to do that you’ve got to have the best people around you.
“I need to get things in place now so that I’ve got a good base to build from. I love having the people I want around me. I’m really happy and I’m really optimistic about 2014.”
Ogogo has had a frustrating end to 2013 after having to pull out of a fight on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather’s win over Saul Alvarez in Las Vegas last month due to a hand injury.
However, he hopes to make his return to the ring on the same bill as Amir Khan’s world title fight against Devon Alexander in Brooklyn at the end of the year.
Ogogo can’t wait to make his comeback after having some time to reflect on his three professional bouts so far. He has been keeping a close eye on how his opponents so far have fared and said he could go up against Boulden again if he wins back the Southern Area title.
“If Boulden wins back the Southern Area then I’m calling him out that’s for sure,” he added. “I’ve had a look back over the fights so far and I’m quite pleased with them. I was really tough on myself straight after them but you look at someone like Kieron Gray who worked Joe Selkirk very, very hard and he is 11-0.”