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BOXING: Ogogo's warning

PUBLISHED: 13:03 07 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:18 06 July 2010

BOXING star Anthony Ogogo has warned he is improving all the time after reaching the Amateur Boxing Association middleweight final.

The 21-year-old from Lowestoft avenged last year's semi-final defeat to Kirk Garvey to earn his spot in this year's final later this month.

BOXING star Anthony Ogogo has warned he is improving all the time after reaching the Amateur Boxing Association middleweight final.

The 21-year-old from Lowestoft avenged last year's semi-final defeat to Kirk Garvey to earn his spot in this year's final later this month.

Ogogo, of the Triple A club will be up against current champion Hosea Burton from Manchester on May 14 after beating Garvey - the man who knocked him out at the same stage last year.

And Ogogo, who is part of the Great Britain Podium Squad targeting medals at the London Olympic Games in 2012, believes he is unbeatable when he finds his top form.

“The more I fight the better I'm going to get,” he said.

“I've just got to do what I do. Up in Sheffield, the GB selectors, they identified me as being the most talented.

“If I box to my best there's not a middleweight in the country that's going to beat me, if I focus for every minute of every round.”

Ogogo says he does not have one particular style of fighting as he prepares to take on Burton, who defeated the talented Neil Perkins to reach the final.

“It's changing,” he said.

“I used to be a back foot fighter, a counter-puncher. But with the change in the format [to three-minute rounds], I'm trying to add strings to my bow and develop more as a fighter.

“I do what comes naturally, I haven't really got a style.”

Meanwhile, Burton is a man on a mission after being overlooked for national duty.

The 21-year-old cousin of professional Tyson Fury, is ranked number one in England but never represented his country.

“It's horrible and it's disheartening,” he said.

“I've boxed really good kids and beaten them all, so I don't see why they won't pick me.

“It's made me work even harder this year because I want to prove that it wasn't a fluke when I won the title last year.

“I think I will win again and then surely they will have no choice but to pick me.”

There was bad news for Ogogo's club mate Henry Bacon who lost in his semi-final in the 81kg light-heavyweight division.

Bacon was defeated by London's Charlie Duffield in his attempt to reach his first final.


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