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Turning pro is no go for Ogogo

PUBLISHED: 13:49 18 September 2009 | UPDATED: 14:05 06 July 2010

Mark Boggis

BACK with a bang!

Olympic boxing hopeful Anthony Ogogo is still setting his sights on the 2012 Games in London.

That was the vow this week from the Triple A boxer after he revealed he'd turned down a recent offer to turn professional - for now.

BACK with a bang!

Olympic boxing hopeful Anthony Ogogo is still setting his sights on the 2012 Games in London.

That was the vow this week from the Triple A boxer after he revealed he'd turned down a recent offer to turn professional - for now.

Keeping in trim both in and out of the gym, Ogogo finished in fifth place in the tough Lowestoft Scores Race on Sunday for his best-ever finish in only the second time he'd competed at the event.

And keen to keep in shape, Ogogo admitted that he will be back in the boxing ring under the gaze of the British selectors later this month.

Ogogo was recently invited for training and sparring sessions for three days at Ricky “the Hitman” Hatton's new £3m gym just outside Manchester.

“Ricky is going into the promoting side of the sport after his boxing career ends, and after I'd done some sparring with his brother he put an offer in to sign me and turn professional,” Ogogo admitted.

“It was quite flattering really, but it has always been my dream to box for Great Britain at the Olympics.

“So while it was a nice recognition from Ricky Hatton, who I aspire to be like, I am in the midst of trying to get back in the national team again after my shoulder injury last year.”

Ogogo was recently invited to an assessment and training camp week-long trial last month, and he once again impressed the national performance squad coaches.

“I'd trained really hard as my aim is to get back on the GB podium team and that got me through,” Ogogo revealed.

On September 25 he will return for a four-day national training camp with “four or five” other boxers at his weight “all being scrutinised” by the senior coaches.

“They want us to arrive at our fighting weight so I think they may box us off against each other,” Ogogo said.

And looking forward to it, he admitted: “The plan is to get back on the national podium team to then be selected for the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India next year and then hopefully it will be all systems go for the Olympics.”

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