Ogogo eases into quarter-finals

Mark BoggisSECURING his very own hat-trick of the new boxing campaign, Triple A fighter and national senior ABA champion Anthony Ogogo has progressed into the quarter-finals of this year's 75kg tournament.Mark Boggis

SECURING his very own hat-trick of the new boxing campaign, Triple A fighter and national senior ABA champion Anthony Ogogo has progressed into the quarter-finals of this year's 75kg tournament.

The 20-year-old beat Ashley Dennis, from Welwyn Garden City ABC, last Friday at Luton in the ABA pre-quarter final zonal bout.

Ogogo triumphed with a unanimous points decision after easily beating a former semi-finalist in three rounds.

'It was good that Anthony got three rounds under his belt and he boxed well,' his pleased coach John Cremin told The Journal.

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This victory has now set-up what may be Ogogo's toughest bout next Friday as he has been drawn against England international and junior Olympic gold medallist Tony Hill, from Southampton ABC.

'It will be a very tough bout, certainly his hardest fight thus far and probably the toughest between now and the final,' Cremin said.

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'Hill hasn't really boxed to his potential as a senior in comparison to when he was a junior, but it will be difficult for Anthony.

He knows what he has to do though to regain his England vest and he's determined to do that.'

If successful in next Friday's bout, Ogogo will quickly be back in action with the semi final bout next Saturday, May 2.

And in a tough schedule, if he progresses through this, then the national senior ABA finals will be held the following Friday on May 8.

Ogogo is looking for sponsorship to help him fulfil his aim of reaching the 2012 Olympics and if you can help, telephone Mark Boggis at The Journal on 01502 525833 or e-mail mark.boggis@archant.co.uk and we'll pass on your support.

Triple A fighter Paul Whall has reached the quarter finals of the national junior ABA tournament, while four of the club's girls have reached the national junior ABA finals to be held on June 7.

LAST Friday Vinny Spoor, 46, from Lowestoft's Ultimate Boxing club travelled to London for his first competitive White Collar Boxing bout.

Spoor made his ring debut on the Ultimate Boxing promoted Lowestoft v Norwich show a few weeks ago against Connor Benstead, also from Lowestoft, in an exhibition warm up bout.

This time it was for real against an opponent 12 years his junior.

Spoor started very well and held his own against the stronger Phil Cain from Liverpool for most of the first two rounds.

A cracking combination from Cain forced the referee to administer a standing eight count nearing the end of round two and Spoor was caught again on the bell.

The ringside doctor came to have a look and suggested the bout be called to a halt.

Trainer Matt Smith said: 'Vinny should be proud of himself for a great showing, he did very well until he got caught.

'The doctor made the right decision as safety is paramount, especially at 46 years of age.'

This was a great experience for Spoor who was boxing in front of a 1,000 strong crowd at Kensington Town Hall.

Anyone interested in White Collar Boxing or training for health and fitness should contact Matt on 07889 731717,

Alternatively then can visit www.ultimateboxing.co.uk

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