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Amir Khan will fight in Britain for first time in two years against Julio Diaz

Khan will fight on British soil for first time in two years when he takes on Diaz

Olympic bronze medalist Anthony Ogogo and Khan's brother Haroon making their professional debuts on the undercard.

Anthony Ogogo considering boxing future

World title belts or gold in Rio Ogogo ponders future after Olympic bronze

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UPDATED:

17:39 GMT, 10 September 2012

Anthony Ogogo is confident he has the skills to turn pro – if that’s the path he takes after winning bronze at London 2012.

The middleweight star reached the semi-finals last month but was outpointed by Brazilian Esquiva Falcao Florentino.

And although he insists he has yet to make a decision regarding his future, Ogogo is confident he could make the leap to the paid ranks.

Boxing stars: Anthony Ogogo (right) with fellow Brit Luke Campbell

Boxing stars: Anthony Ogogo (right) with fellow Brit Luke Campbell

‘I feel like I’ve got the mental and physical toughness to turn pro,’ he told Sportsmail. 'I train hard and I’m dedicated; I’ve got all the things you need to be a top fighter.

‘I’m willing to travel round the world to learn my trade and if I do decide to go down that avenue I think I’ll be successful.

‘I haven’t done anything for a month, I haven’t even thought about boxing. I’m back in Sheffield with the Team GB squad this week and I’ll talk to the hierarchy. I’m sure there will be a lot of interest from the professional side so I’ll need to sit down and decide what I want to do.

‘I’ve got a contract until the end of the year and obviously the coaches want Team GB to prosper but they also want us to do well because they care about us. Staying amateur may be best for me but I haven’t given it much thought yet.

‘I’m looking forward to either winning the gold medal in Rio or lots of belts as a pro.’

Good effort: Ogogo salutes the crowd after losing to Esquiva Falcao Florentino

Good effort: Ogogo salutes the crowd after losing to Esquiva Falcao Florentino

Since standing on the podium, Ogogo has been thrust into the spotlight as the country basks in the athletes’ success.

The 23-year-old also enjoyed a special occasion with one of his heroes.

‘It’s been a massive whirlwind but it’s been really, really good,’ he admitted.

‘It’s been nice to have a break after all the hard work. I’ve pushed my body to the extreme over the last 18 months.

‘It’s been good to do normal things that I haven’t been able to do like spending time with my family and friends. I went to the Belgian Grand Prix which was absolutely brilliant as I’ve never experienced that before.

‘I’m so dedicated all the time so I need to be able to do fun things otherwise I would just associate boxing with sacrifice.

‘I was invited to have dinner with Sugar Ray Leonard and I sat on the top table. We were hanging out all night, it was really good. He’s a gentleman and he gave me his details in case he can help me out, whether I stay amateur or turn professional.

Got the skills: Ogogo (left) believes he could make it in the professional game

Got the skills: Ogogo (left) believes he could make it in the professional game

‘I’ve watched more of his fights than any other fighter in the world. He’s at my weight and he boxed in a way I’d like to box. I watched all of his Olympic fights because they were phenomenal. He was so fast and boxed so many different styles.’

Ogogo went into the Games determined to win gold after being put through the mill following a serious shoulder injury before his mum was taken to hospital after suffering a brain aneurism.

And although he retains a tinge of regret at not to be on the top step of the podium, Ogogo can now reflect positively on his achievement.

‘I’m happier now than I was a month ago,’ he added. ‘I’m still disappointed I didn’t win the gold medal because that’s been my dream since I was a little kid but I had a lot to contend with leading up the Games.

‘Three years ago I was working in a bar for 5 an hour and even 14 months ago I was in hospital after the operation on my arm. I couldn’t move it and I was in excruciating pain; I felt a million miles away from the podium at the Olympics.

‘Even when I got the Games, the draw I was handed was really tough so to get a medal was a big achievement.'

Strength to shine: Ogogo is aware of the importance of sports nutrition

Strength to shine: Ogogo is aware of the importance of sports nutrition

Ogogo has been overwhelmed by the public reaction since winning his medal and hopes his success can inspire others.

‘I had a parade in my hometown and 2,000 people came in the middle of the day,’ he said. ‘It’s only a small town but I drove down the middle of the street and said a few words which was amazing.

‘The teachers from my old school who used to tell me off and send me out the class came to show their support. I hope I can help people realise they can do good things with their lives.

‘I’d say to young people just to be dedicated. If they love a sport, they’ve got to work hard and anything can happen if you put your mind to it and believe.

'Nutrition is also important. Maximuscle have helped me no end, particularly after the Ukrainian fight [Ievgen Khytrov in the second round]. I was so down and physically tired but when you’ve got sports nutrition behind you, it really can help.’

Olympic Bronze Medallist Anthony Ogogo is powered by Maximuscle, the UK’s leading sports nutrition brand. To find out more about the partnership visit www.maximuscle.com

London 2012 Olympics: Anthony Ogogo wins bronze

Ogogo settles for bronze as brilliant Brazilian Falcao reaches middleweight final

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15:02 GMT, 10 August 2012

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Anthony Ogogo's dream of an Olympic gold medal came to an end as he was beaten 16-9 by Brazil's Esquiva Falcao in their middleweight semi-final, and was forced to settle for bronze.

The first two rounds were cagey, nervous affairs, with the pair locked together at 3-3 after opening three minutes and continuing to grapple long into the second, with few clear punches landed by either fighter.

On the deck: Anthony Ogogo was knocked down by his Brazilian opponent

On the deck: Anthony Ogogo was knocked down by his Brazilian opponent

Setting the pace, Ogogo was wary of
the Brazilian's fast counters, and a right hand from Falcao in the final
half minute of the second, followed by a sharp right uppercut, helped
swing the bout in the Brazilian's favour.

Three
points up heading into the last, the Brazilian knocked Ogogo to the
canvas seconds after the restart with a straight left, and a second
knockdown for Ogogo effectively ended his hopes, as the Brazilian
cruised home.

London 2012 Olympics boxing: Anthony Ogogo reaches middleweight last-eight

Brit Ogogo stuns world champion Khytrov to reach middleweight quarter-finals

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14:25 GMT, 2 August 2012

Olympics 2012

Anthony Ogogo produced arguably the greatest performance of his career to defeat Ukraine's reigning world champion Ievgen Khytrov via a nail-biting judges' decision to move within one more win of a boxing medal.

Ogogo matched his illustrious opponent in a brutal, action-packed bout which had the capacity ExCeL crowd on their feet, then faced an agonising wait as the final score showed an 18-18 tie between the pair.

Even the countback system – in which the individual scores of all five judges are tallied together – yielded an amazing 52-52 tie, before the judges were required to pick a winner and the majority went with the Briton.

More to follow…

Marching on: Anthony Ogogo was in impressive form as he reached the last eight after beating world champion Ievgen Khytrov

Marching on: Anthony Ogogo was in impressive form as he reached the last eight after beating world champion Ievgen Khytrov

London 2012 Olympics: Fred Evans and Josh Evans win boxing matches

Evans and Taylor are punch perfect to continue GB's boxing success story

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20:44 GMT, 29 July 2012

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Great Britain's Fred Evans booked his place in the last 16 of the Olympic welterweight competition after getting the better of a richly entertaining brawl with fired-up Algerian Ilyas Abbadi at ExCel.

The 21-year-old Welshman did not have things his own way against a gutsy opponent but extended his lead throughout the contest to triumph 18-10, to the delight of another excited capacity crowd.

Evans said: 'The atmosphere was unbelievable – like nothing I've experienced before. I felt the buzz when I watched Anthony Ogogo on Saturday but you don't really feel it until you go out there yourself.

Moving on: Freddie Evans (right) celebrates his win over Algeria's Iivas Abbadi

Moving on: Freddie Evans (right) celebrates his win over Algeria's Iivas Abbadi

'I'm so proud to be here fighting in my home country in front of my friends and family and fulfilling my dream. The whole team is building the momentum and we are all looking at going to win medals.'

In an action-packed opening round, Evans was caught by a pair of left hands by teenager Abbadi, but responded with a series of sharp assaults, landing a big right on his way to establishing a two-point lead at the end of the first.

Evans pulled away in the second, despite
looking a little excitable at times and still being troubled by
Abbadi's stiff left hands. He had extended his lead to five points at
the end of the second and continued exchanging hard shots in a
grandstand finish.

Excited: Evans will be in the last 16

Excited: Evans will be in the last 16

Next up for Evans is Lithuania's fourth
seed Egidijus Kavaliauskas, who dropped and stopped Evans in the
quarter-finals of last year's World Championships, with Evans already
having secured qualification for the Games.

The prospect of a rematch does not faze the confident Evans, who said: “He is going to see a different Fred Evans next time. I am stronger and sharper and he is going to find that out when we fight on Friday.

'What happened in the Worlds doesn't bother me. I'd just achieved my goal of qualifying for the Olympics and my mind wasn't on the job. This time, in front of my home crowd and my family, it's going to be a different story.'

Up close and personal: Josh Taylor (right) fights Brazil's Robson Conceicao

Up close and personal: Josh Taylor (right) fights Brazil's Robson Conceicao

Josh Taylor, the first Scottish lightweight to fight at an Olympics since two-time medallist Dick McTaggart, extended Great Britain's winning start by overcoming tough Brazilian Robson Conceicao 13-9.

In contrast to Evans' all-action effort earlier, Taylor produced a composed and patient performance on the back foot as his experienced opponent ploughed forward and flung shots at his resolute guard.

Taylor's accurate jabs helped him shade the first round by a point and an excellent second, speckled with nifty combinations, saw him extend his lead to three despite a jolting right hand from his opponent.

Conceicao, a former Pan-American Games silver medallist, grew increasingly impatient in the final round but Taylor kept his composure admirably as he skated home for a proud if slightly contentious victory.

London 2012 Olympics: Fred Evans beats Ilyas Abbadi in welterweight boxing

Evans beats Abbadi in thrilling bout to reach welterweight boxing last 16

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17:16 GMT, 29 July 2012

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Great Britain's Fred Evans booked his place in the last 16 of the Olympic welterweight competition after getting the better of a richly entertaining brawl with fired-up Algerian Ilyas Abbadi at ExCel.

The 21-year-old Welshman did not have things his own way against a gutsy opponent but extended his lead throughout the contest to triumph 18-10, to the delight of another excited capacity crowd.

Evans said: 'The atmosphere was unbelievable – like nothing I've experienced before. I felt the buzz when I watched Anthony Ogogo on Saturday but you don't really feel it until you go out there yourself.

Moving on: Freddie Evans (right) celebrates his win over Algeria's Iivas Abbadi

Moving on: Freddie Evans (right) celebrates his win over Algeria's Iivas Abbadi

'I'm so proud to be here fighting in my home country in front of my friends and family and fulfilling my dream. The whole team is building the momentum and we are all looking at going to win medals.'

In an action-packed opening round, Evans was caught by a pair of left hands by teenager Abbadi, but responded with a series of sharp assaults, landing a big right on his way to establishing a two-point lead at the end of the first.

Evans pulled away in the second, despite
looking a little excitable at times and still being troubled by
Abbadi's stiff left hands. He had extended his lead to five points at
the end of the second and continued exchanging hard shots in a
grandstand finish.

Excited: Evans will be in the last 16

Excited: Evans will be in the last 16

Next up for Evans is Lithuania's fourth
seed Egidijus Kavaliauskas, who dropped and stopped Evans in the
quarter-finals of last year's World Championships, with Evans already
having secured qualification for the Games.

The prospect of a rematch does not faze the confident Evans, who said: “He is going to see a different Fred Evans next time. I am stronger and sharper and he is going to find that out when we fight on Friday.

'What happened in the Worlds doesn't bother me. I'd just achieved my goal of qualifying for the Olympics and my mind wasn't on the job. This time, in front of my home crowd and my family, it's going to be a different story.'

London 2012 Olympics: Anthony Ogogo gets off to winning start in boxing ring

Ogogo gets off to winning start after seeing off Castillo in first round

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15:42 GMT, 28 July 2012

Olympics 2012

Anthony Ogogo got Great Britain off to a successful start in the Olympic boxing tournament at ExCel with a convincing 13-6 win over Junior Castillo of the Dominican Republic.

After a cagey start, Ogogo pulled away in the final two rounds for a victory which takes him into a last 16 bout against reigning world champion Evgen Khytrov of Ukraine on Thursday afternoon.

Ogogo, whose build-up has been disrupted by his mother's serious illness, was roared into the ring by the capacity 6,000 crowd and visibly relaxed as the bout went on.

On the attack: Anthony Ogogo beats Junior Castillo Martinez

On the attack: Anthony Ogogo beats Junior Castillo Martinez

Dagenham & Redbridge 0 Millwall 0: Daggers battle to fine FA Cup draw

Dag & Red 0 Millwall 0: Daggers battle to fine FA Cup draw

League Two strugglers Dagenham earned an FA Cup third-round replay against shot-shy Millwall.

Lions boss Kenny Jackett has admitted his side's problems in front of goal have cost them this season and once again they drew a blank despite having the bulk of possession.

Jackett has brought in Tottenham youngster Harry Kane in a bid to find a cutting edge, but he was once again without top scorer Darius Henderson through injury.

Battle: Dagenham's Oluwafemi Ilesanmi and Millwall's Liam Feeney clash at Victoria Road

Battle: Dagenham's Oluwafemi Ilesanmi and Millwall's Liam Feeney clash at Victoria Road

Kane and strike partner John Marquis
had plenty of half-chances but the npower Championship side could not
find a way past Dagenham goalkeeper Chris Lewington and will now have to
have another crack at The Den.

In a scrappy opening, Kane had the
first opportunity with a shot which Lewington held. Millwall, who have
won away just once in the league this season, should have taken the lead
just before the half-hour mark when Liam Trotter played in Liam Feeney
but the winger dragged his shot wide.

Lewington then saved from James
Henry, Kane planted a header over, and Marquis drilled an effort high
and wide with the Lions beginning to take control.

Dagenham's only opportunity of the
first half fell to Oluwafemi Ilesanmi, who blazed a couple of yards over
after a quarter of an hour.

Millwall survived a minor scare just
after the interval when goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall miskicked a backpass
but Brian Woodall could only cross the ball into an empty goalmouth and
the chance disappeared.

John Still

Jon Nurse and Millwall's Alan Dunne of Millwall battle for the ball

Cup clash: Dagenham manager John Still (left) and a battle between Jon Nurse and Millwall's Alan Dunne (right)

At the other end Marquis fired wide
again, Kane headed Scott Barron's cross straight into the arms of
Lewington and Darren Ward's header was blocked by Abu Ogogo.

Trotter should have broken the deadlock on the hour from another Barron delivery but put his header inches over the crossbar.

Millwall thought they could have had a
penalty when Trotter tumbled in the area but referee Graham Salisbury
was not interested. Trotter then played in substitute Josh McQuoid but
his effort was deflected wide.

One bright spot for Millwall was the
return of striker Shaun Batt as a late substitute, 18 months after he
suffered a cruciate injury in a pre-season friendly.

For Dagenham, Jon Nurse's header was
saved by Mildenhall and Millwall skipper Paul Robinson had to block a
shot from Billy Bingham.

But neither side was capable of
making a breakthrough on a blustery afternoon, and the Daggers will now
make the short trip south of the river after securing a hard-earned
replay.