OLYMPIC BRONZE medallist Anthony Ogogo has officially become the first Team GB boxer from London 2012 to turn professional after penning a deal with U.S based Golden Boy Promotions.
The 24-year-old Ogogo from Lowestoft, Suffolk, captured a middleweight bronze at the London 2012 Olympic Games during the summer and previously expressed his uncertainty at whether to turn professional or not.
However, Ogogo has signed a contract with Golden Boy Promotions, who are headed by former Olympic gold medallist and six-weight world champion Oscar de la Hoya.
“I am delighted to be signing with the premier promoter in boxing, Golden Boy Promotions,” said Ogogo.
“So many great fighters have come before at Golden Boy and in the coming years I hope to live up to the standard they’ve set. I can’t wait to get started.
“2012 has been without a doubt one of the greatest years of my life.
Ogogo continued: “To represent my country at a home Games was an incredible experience and the bronze medal I won will always be close to my heart.
“Following the Olympics I’ve been looking to the future and considering a number of options, and feel that the time is now right to turn professional with Golden Boy.”
Richard Schaefer, chief executive of Golden Boy Promotions, was delighted to capture Ogogo’s signature.
“Anthony Ogogo has everything you look for in a boxer. He can fight, he has style and charisma and he has amazing crossover potential,” said Schaefer.
“I have no doubt that Anthony has the skills in the ring and the personality outside of it to make him a global star. We are proud to have him on our team and this is just the first step in our growing commitment to British boxing.”