Anthony Ogogo ponders turning professional

Ogogo ponders turning pro
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Olympic bronze medallist Anthony Ogogo admits that he may be forced to turn professional in the near future.

Olympic bronze medallist Anthony Ogogo has revealed that he may be forced to turn his back on his ambition to compete at the next Olympic Games.

The 23-year-old had intended to remain at amateur level until the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, but the lack of money involved in amateur boxing may turn Ogogo professional sooner than he had initially planned.

Ogogo told BBC Radio Suffolk: "There is a massive desire there. I will go to the world championships with a bye now because of my Olympic medal.

"It will be nice to build on the success, go to the worlds and medal and then go to Rio as one of the favourites. I have a burning desire to do that, but on the other hand, I've got the option of turning professional.

"I'm 23 now, so the next four years of my life, I'm going to develop - get a house, kids - and it's hard to do that on the shoestring budget I live on."

Ogogo won bronze in the middleweight division at the London Olympic Games.

Fred Evans
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