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Anthony Ogogo: A look back at the middleweight’s career

Anthony Ogogo announced his retirement from boxing this morning after failing to reignite his career following his last fight in 2016.

Ogogo had been suffering with persistent eye injuries after fracturing his socket against Craig Cunningham in his last bout.

The 30 year old first burst on to the scene during the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi where he won a silver medal after being defeated in the final by Northern Ireland’s Eamonn O’Kane.

After impressing in India, Ogogo secured his place in the 2012 GB Boxing Team, where he would compete in London at the Olympics. However, it wasn’t to be a gold for the man from Lowestoft, but he claimed a bronze medal in front of the home crowd.

Ogogo fought Esquiva Falcao Florentino in the semi-final , but the Brazilian proved too strong for him and his opponent progressed to the final.

Following his success in London, Golden Boy Promotions signed the Brit, offering him his first professional deal in world boxing.

His first professional bout saw him take on Kieron Gray at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield. Ogogo knocked Gray out in the second round in devastating fashion.

Ogogo’s stock was beginning to rise in the boxing industry, but he suffered a Achilles injury after his seventh fight and during his comeback fight he dislocated his shoulder. His injury hampered career was taking a toll on his boxing credentials.

2016 was the last year Ogogo stepped in the ring. He had four fights during the calendar year, but his scrap with Craig Cunningham proved to be his last.

Ogogo suffered his first loss since turning pro, having been dropped by Cunningham in round 2, who then controlled the remainder of the fight. Tony Sims, his trainer, pulled Ogogo from the fight in the eighth round with Ogogo far behind on the judges scorecards.

However, it’s time for the Lowescroft local to find a new profession to go into and after finishing 13th in the 13th series of Strictly Come Dancing back in 2015, perhaps dancing is not quite the career he may look into next.

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