It’s too early to tell what Anthony Ogogo of England might amount to as a prize-fighter. He was good as an amateur, and won a bronze medal in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
One thing’s for sure, the 24-year-old from Lowestoft, Suffolk, seems to have the right emotional state to succeed.
“I’ve always loved sports,” said Ogogo, who Saturday will take on Edgar Perez (5-4, 3 KOs) of Chicago in a middleweight preliminary bout at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City (on Showtime Extreme). “I came across boxing when I was 12-years-old and I fell in love with it. I fell in love with the intensity and passion of it. I knew that whether I was going to be any good or not, that this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, and it turned out pretty well.
“I walked into the boxing gym when I was 12. I sparred that very first day and I’ve never turned back.”
Ogogo opened his pro career with a second-round TKO of Kieron Gray on April 27 in England.
All that said, we have to think of a nickname for this guy. Anyone with a last name as cool as his deserves one. Taking suggestions.