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Anthony Ogogo set for return to ring

PUBLISHED: 10:41 29 October 2010

Anthony Ogogo is going for gold.

Anthony Ogogo is going for gold.

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THE inaugural GB Amateur Boxing Championship is set to hit Liverpool next month - and Lowestoft's Commonwealth Games silver medallist Anthony Ogogo is set to return to action.

Just weeks after his stunning efforts in Delhi, where Ogogo narrowly missed out on a gold medal after beating two of the favourites, the Triple ABC fighter could find himself up against the Commonwealth games bronze medallist and WABA champion, Keiron Harding, from Wales.

Aiming to be crowned the champion of Great Britain and stake a claim for competing in the London 2012 Olympics, Ogogo is gearing up for some tough action at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on November 12/13.

The line-ups announced this week feature 10 medallists from September’s Commonwealth Games, 10 current national Amateur Boxing Association (ABA) champions, five European Championship medallists and three World Championship medallists.

With Ogogo being on the GB Boxing Podium Squad, he could face either Harding or fellow podium squad member Frank Buglioni, from Repton in the semi final draw, or he could receive a straight bye to the final as no-one has been put forward from Scotland.

With the draw to take place in November, the semi-finals will be held on Friday, November 12 from 3pm, with the finals on Saturday, November 13 from 7.30pm.

Also aiming to make a late surge for inclusion in the women’s competition of the same championships at 60kg, is Ogogo’s Triple A clubmate Charlie Davison.

This week, Davison was competing in France in the European Championships, where she beat her Danish opponent 14-4.

Davison is due to be in action again today (Friday) in the semi-final against a Russian girl who won her bout 14-0.

Triple A club coach, John Cremin, said: “It will be a tough bout against the Russian, but unless anyone cheats her I don’t see anyone beating Charlie.”

If successful in the semi-final, the final will be held tomorrow (Saturday) – and success here could provide a timely reminder to the GB selectors and a possible shot with two of the current closely matched members of the GB Boxing squad, Natasha Jonas and Amanda Coulson.

Rob McCracken, Performance Director of the British Amateur Boxing Association (BABA), who has responsibility for selecting and training the GB Boxing squad that will compete at the 2012 Olympics, said: “This will be a very high quality tournament and reflects the huge depth of talent we have in amateur boxing in Great Britain at the present time.

“Staging this event in a large arena means it will be the biggest crowd that most of the boxers will have competed in front of and will provide a good indication of who can handle the occasion and deliver a winning performance under intense pressure.

“It will have an influence on the make-up of the Olympic squad and is an opportunity for all of the competitors to showcase their skills and stake a claim to be part of the GB Boxing set-up as we build-up to 2012,” he added.

Tickets are now on sale for the event and for more details visit www.echoarena.com or telephone 0844 8000 400.

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