Ogogo to let fists do the talking
PUBLISHED: 12:45 06 October 2010
Anthony Ogogo has attracted as much attention for his Big Brother appearance as he has for his fighting - but he insists that is all about to change after he made his Commonwealth Games debut yesterday.
Referee Bakytzhan Bekepenbetov stopped the fight after Ogogo landed a flurry of right-left combinations on his outclassed opponent.
And former professional model Ogogo maintains his fists, rather than his face, are his ticket to fame.
“I have done all the other stuff now,” he said. “I want to be known as a fighter more than anything else and there’s no better way to do that than by winning a medal.
“This is my big chance. I’ve been dreaming, sleeping, eating, drinking Commonwealth Games so I want to get known as a boxing superstar rather than for other stuff.
“The first fight’s always nervous because of being in the Commonwealths. I am glad I got it out of the way.”
A far stiffer challenge lies ahead in the shape of his next opponent, the dangerous Australian, Damien Hooper, before a potential showdown with India’s Vijender Singh in the semi-finals.
Olympic bronze medallist Singh is not only the favourite for gold but will have the vociferous backing of a partisan crowd desperate to see a hometown champion crowned.
But 21-year-old Ogogo, who was perfectly happy playing showman during his bout with Kometa, claims he will be performing the role of party pooper.
He said: “The minute I got the draw I looked straight for him, hopefully I’ll have him.
“Hopefully I’ll get past the Aussie and then I’ll have the Indian, I’ve wanted him from the start.
“In the semi-final it’ll be televised, they can’t really rob you, and in the semi it’ll be a big ask with him being the home favourite.
“Hopefully I’ll get him, that’s why I’ve been training so hard in the gym, thinking about him in the back of my head.”
Ogogo’s England colleague Bradley Saunders also scored an early stoppage victory over Dominic Boatswain of Grenada.
Haroon Khan stepped out of the shadow cast by big brother Amir with a debut Games win.
Khan, wearing the vest of Pakistan after missing out on selection for England, dismantled Tanzanian opponent Sunday Elias, with the referee stopping the bout midway through the third round as Khan held a commanding 12-1 lead.
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