Olympic star Ogogo throws knockout blow in second round of professional debut
20:56 GMT, 27 April 2013
00:42 GMT, 28 April 2013
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Anthony Ogogo entered the ring to the wise words of Winston Churchill but was never forced to revert to the trenches as he started his professional career in blistering style.
The 24-year-old was the second member of Team GB to make his debut in the paid ranks having signed with American promoters Golden Boy last year.
And the middleweight made short work of his opponent Kieron Gray, stopping him in the second round after a straight right landed flush on the chin.
Jumping for joy: Anthony Ogogo celebrates knocking out Kieron Gray inside two rounds
Ogogo won a bronze medal last summer
having given serious consideration to pulling out following shoulder
surgery and his mother's life-threatening illness.
Gray, 35, won his first five contests
as a professional but had lost his previous 14 as he settled into a
career as a journeyman.
Ogogo on the other hand can expect to
grace more iconic venues than Sheffield's Motorpoint Arena and will make
a quick turnaround on the undercard of Lee Purdy's challenge for Devon
Alexander's world welterweight title in Atlantic City on May 18.
Competent start: Ogogo uses his jab to good effect in the opening round against Gray
Cameos in Las Vegas also await but the Lowestoft man had to first take care of the durable Gray.
Making his way from his dressing room
to the sound of Churchill's 'We shall fight on the beaches' speech from
1940, Ogogo's white shorts were trimmed with bronze in a nod to his
achievements in London.
Having already been hailed as a
potential cross-over star after a brief appearance on celebrity show
Splash and a regular slot as the face of Subway sandwiches, Ogogo was
given a rapturous reception by the Sheffield crowd.
And he was switched on from the first bell as he made a fast start, landing with a jab and right hook in the opening seconds.
Ended: Ogogo turns away after throwing the punch that sealed his debut victory
Gray was content to box on the back foot in the face of fast hands from his younger opponent.
Despite his dominance, even Ogogo will have been surprised to have put Gray to the sword as comprehensively as he did.
The Shropshire man had only been
stopped twice previously but was sent crashing to the canvas after two
minutes of the second session before the contest was waved off by the
'That was great fun,' Ogogo said. 'The atmosphere was brilliant and I can't wait to get back out there. I love boxing!
'I'm not going to get carried away as I'm a million miles away from the top, but that was a statement of intent.'