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Ogogo no go

PUBLISHED: 07:00 07 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:42 05 July 2010

Mark Boggis

HE may be out of action at the moment, but England international and senior ABA national champion Anthony Ogogo is raring to get back to boxing action.

HE may be out of action at the moment, but England international and senior ABA national champion Anthony Ogogo is raring to get back to boxing action.

With the European boxing championships starting in Liverpool last night, the Triple A fighter was a notable absentee from the national squad.

But as the “number one welterweight in the country,” Ogogo was in a prime position to represent England in front of his home audience and do battle with the best in Europe.

However, Ogogo is currently enduring a spell on the sidelines after recently undergoing surgery on his shoulder.

This week, his coach John Cremin was in a philosophical frame of mind. “It's a shame he has had to miss the European's as Liverpool is one of his favourite venues, but after the operation he can only train and run - he can't use his jab and it will be like this for the next few months.

“He is the number one welterweight in the country now as all the others (including Olympic representative Billy-Joe Saunders) have turned professional,” he added.

Having lifted the national senior ABA title in May this year, Ogogo has now set his sights on next year's campaign - and his Triple A coach revealed this week that the Lowestoft boxer is likely to compete at 75kg in 2009.

“We will be moving up to middleweight next year and for us this is a move in the right direction,” Cremin said.

With Ogogo out of action, it has however been a busy few weeks for his Triple A stablemates.

Henry Bacon beat last year's senior ABA light heavyweight semi-finalist Ashley Dennis, from Welwyn Garden City, on a majority verdict in a fine contest.

The talented Triple A fighter knocked Dennis to the canvas in the final round during a convincing display.

Young talent Macauley Davison has had three bouts this season, winning two.

According to Cremin, he is one of a flourishing breed of fighters - along with Tom Barley - that look to have good careers ahead of them.

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