Ogogo-ing for gold

PUBLISHED: 17:08 16 September 2010

SETTING off in pursuit of gold – that’s the target for Lowestoft’s Anthony Ogogo as he heads for Asia on Monday to prepare for next month’s Commonwealth Games.

And the Triple A boxing club member is determined to grasp this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity with both hands as he takes on some of the best amateur fighters in the commonwealth.

The former Kirkley High School pupil is looking forward to the games where he will be joined by the likes of swimming sensation Rebecca Adlington, diver Tom Daley and athletes Christine Ohuruogu and Phillips Idowu in the Team England squad.

The England team for the event, which take place in Delhi from October 3-14, will be the biggest to travel to an overseas games in the event’s 80-year history – as 371 athletes from 17 sports make the trip.

And joining them will be two-times ABA champion Ogogo – along with nine other fighters representing England, with three travelling with the Wales team.

The boxing team fly out to Thailand to acclimatise to the Asian conditions next Monday, ahead of 12 days of training before they head to India for the commonwealths.

“I’m really excited about going out there,” Ogogo told The Journal.

“The training has been going really, really well in the past couple of weeks after some time off for the cut to my eye, and I’ve done four rounds sparring with Carl Froch again.”

Ogogo had sparred with Froch six months ago, so of this latest challenge, he said: “You are never going to get a chance like that – and now six months on I felt I’d progressed as I didn’t get caught as much while I caught him with the odd shot as well.”

With Ogogo set to fight at 75kg at the commonwealths, around 100 boxers are likely to weigh in for the games.

While accepting he had a massive task ahead at the most popular middleweight category, Ogogo said: “This is my first multi-sports event and I’m really looking forward to it.

“The Indian fighter is the current world number one and is a superstar in his country – so hopefully I can go there and become a national superstar for Lowestoft, as there’s no-one better to beat than the current number one.”

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