My best so far, claims Ogogo after Glasgow win
PUBLISHED: 15:43 02 March 2014 | UPDATED: 15:43 02 March 2014
Anthony Ogogo felt he gave the best performance of his professional career so far in registering his fifth victory over Greg O’Neill in Glasgow.
The Olympic bronze medallist was comfortable throughout against O’Neill, delivering an accomplished display to secure a 60-54 win over the scheduled six rounds.
“He was the first person who has come in to really have a go – he came to win,” said Ogogo. “That’s exactly what I needed. He came with a good record (three wins, one defeat) – he’s young, he’s strong and he posed a few problems.
“At this stage of my career it’s all about being exposed a little bit in the ring and going back to the gym and having things to work on and improve.
“If you’re just blowing people away you’re only going to get good at what you’re doing.”
Ogogo had been criticised in some quarters for the standard of his opponents in his four previous fights, but the 25-year-old was pleased with the test O’Neill provided.
“Out of all the guys that have turned pro since the Olympics I’ve had arguably the toughest competition,” he said. “Tonight was exactly what I needed. I think that’s probably my best performance yet considering the standard of opponent that he was.
“He’s a good fighter and I’m sure he will go on to do some half-decent things in the future.”
Ogogo is expected to fight on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather’s world title bout against Marcos Maidana in Las Vegas in May.
This is likely to be over eight rounds as Ogogo continues his education in the professional ranks since leaving the amateur ranks at the start of 2013.
“I wanted to do an eight today but for whatever reason I had to do a six,” he said. “My biggest asset is my stamina and over a longer period of rounds I think that’s when you will see the best of me.
“I pretty much wrote those first two rounds off today because I was a bit tense and stiff. The second four were better and I think if I was able to carry on for two more rounds I would have stopped him.
“I’m getting that more explosive power and that will improve as I develop more as a professional boxer. I think my biggest asset is my speed and my accumulation of punches. I think that’s how I will stop people as fights go on.”