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Ogogo declares war on middleweight rivals

PUBLISHED: 14:07 29 May 2016 | UPDATED: 14:08 29 May 2016

Anthony Ogogo, left, on his way to victory over Gary Cooper in Glasgow. Photo: PA

Anthony Ogogo, left, on his way to victory over Gary Cooper in Glasgow. Photo: PA

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Anthony Ogogo has vowed to “blitz” his rivals in his search for boxing honours.

The 27-year-old from Lowestoft has suffered a string of injuries in what remains a fledgeling professional career.

But after almost a year out of the ring, Ogogo showed few signs of rust as he successfully negotiated his comeback to the ring in impressive style.

Ogogo needed less than three rounds to beat Gary Cooper – an 11th-hour replacement for Germany’s Chris Herrmann – in Glasgow on the undercard of Ricky Burns’ Super WBA super-lightweight title fight.

After a one-sided two-and-a-half rounds, Cooper’s corner threw in the towel, which took the 2008 Olympic bronze medallist’s record as a professional to nine wins from nine outings.

“That was a small glimpse of my true ability and potential,” Ogogo said. “I’m ready to move on and show the world how good I can be.

“The middleweight division are terracotta soldiers, I’m going to blitz one then the next and then the next.

“I want to win title and I want to clean up the division, but I know this will only come with activity.”

Ogogo has fought just twice in two years, but he was quick to take apart Cooper – he wobbled him in the closing stages of the second round and it was all over in the third when a flurry of Ogogo punches prompted Cooper’s corner to throw in the towel.

For Ogogo, it was clearly an emotional return in front of a partisan crowd on Saturday night.

“You Glaswegians were on top form tonight, amazing support,” he tweeted.

“This fight marks a significant step along Anthony’s comeback trail,” said Golden Boy Promotion chief Oscar De la Hoya.

“We all know the talent and desire is there in abundance and if Anthony can stay healthy the sky is the limit for him in the middleweight division.”

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