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'I just want to put a smile on children's faces' - Anthony Ogogo excited for wrestling debut

PUBLISHED: 17:12 23 February 2019 | UPDATED: 17:30 23 February 2019

Anthony Ogogo will make a return to Waterlane Leisure Centre in Lowestoft on Saturday night for his wrestling debut. Picture: Anthony Ogogo

Anthony Ogogo will make a return to Waterlane Leisure Centre in Lowestoft on Saturday night for his wrestling debut. Picture: Anthony Ogogo

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When Anthony Ogogo takes to the ring on Saturday night, he'll be in familiar surroundings at the leisure centre where his boxing career properly took off.

Back then, Anthony Ogogo (red) from Lowestoft boxes for England against Johann Horst from Germany for the Under 19 International Boxing event at the then Waveney Sports Centre, now Waterlane Leisure Centre, in Lowestoft in 2004. Photo: Steve ParsonsBack then, Anthony Ogogo (red) from Lowestoft boxes for England against Johann Horst from Germany for the Under 19 International Boxing event at the then Waveney Sports Centre, now Waterlane Leisure Centre, in Lowestoft in 2004. Photo: Steve Parsons

There will however be one big difference - he’ll be wrestling.

The 30-year-old middleweight boxer and Olympian is returning to Waterlane Leisure Centre in Lowestoft for a special wrestling event with all the money raised going on a charity breakfast he will be holding for the homeless.

Despite making his wrestling debut, Mr Ogogo said he is still firmly focused on a return to boxing but hopes the World Association of Wrestling (WAW) show can help him make a difference to those less fortunate.

“I was asked if I wanted to get involved in the show and having always been a big WWE fan, on top of the event being here in Lowestoft, I could not turn it down,” he said, speaking before the show.

The money raised from the WAW wrestling show will go towards a charity breakfast Mr Ogogo will be holding for the homeless over the next two weeks. Picture: Anthony OgogoThe money raised from the WAW wrestling show will go towards a charity breakfast Mr Ogogo will be holding for the homeless over the next two weeks. Picture: Anthony Ogogo

“I want to put a smile on children’s faces, have fun and hopefully make a difference to those who sleep rough.

“It is heartbreaking to know there are people out there who have to endure the bitterly cold conditions and don’t have anywhere to go at night.

“If everyone just made a bit more of an effort the world would be a much better place.”

Having endured a difficult last two and a half years, after he suffered a fractured eye socket in his last boxing fight in October 2016, Mr Ogogo said he was excited to follow in the footsteps of some of his favourite wrestlers.

Mr Ogogo is looking forward to putting a smile on children's faces and enjoying himself at the venue where he won several international boxing bouts. Picture: Joseph NortonMr Ogogo is looking forward to putting a smile on children's faces and enjoying himself at the venue where he won several international boxing bouts. Picture: Joseph Norton

He said: “I have always loved wrestling and my favourite is The Undertaker without doubt.

“The last couple of years have been soul-destroying so to be able to feel like a kid and be involved in something like this is great.

“I am just going to enjoy myself.”

Returning to the venue where he first made his name in boxing - winning several international amateur bouts - the Lowestoft man is also excited to rekindle some fond memories.

“I have had some really special moments in boxing at the leisure centre so it will be quite special to come back,” he said.

And having had his eyelid lifted last week, Mr Ogogo hopes to return to the sport he loves next week as he begins sparring.

The 30-year-old insists he remains positive about returning to the sport which is his “life”.

A date for the charity breakfast is expected to be announced next week.

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