Anthony Ogogo reiterated his desire to become the best middleweight in the world after making the perfect start to his professional career on Saturday night as he stopped Kieron Gray with a perfectly timed right hand in the second round.
The Olympic bronze medallist is determined to quickly advance through the pro ranks and with the backing of Golden Boy Promotions, it seems he will be handed plenty of opportunities to display his talent.
While some fighters would have been daunted at the task of making their debut in front of a huge crowd at Sheffield's Motorpoint Arena, Ogogo clearly thrived under the weight of expectation as he produced an exciting performance with the perfect ending.
In the days before the fight Ogogo had spoken of his desire to simply get back in the ring after a near 12 month absence since the London Olympics. This is where he feels most at home and after showing some signs of over exuberance in the first round, he settled into his boxing in the second and found a brutal right hand that sent Gray to the canvas with a shudder.
The 35-year-old had only been floored once before and despite stumbling to his feet, the referee made the decision to stop the contest. After securing his first win in such a decisive manner, Ogogo admitted could scarcely contain his smile as he summed up his performance.
"First and foremost it was great just being back in the ring," revealed Ogogo. "I was a little bit apprehensive and it was slightly daunting not knowing what was going to happen. I actually looked for my trainer to see when the head guard would go on but I'm a bit of a showman and it was nice having my body on display."
Having previously never been noted as a puncher during his amateur career it seems Ogogo has been working hard on adding power to his already exhaustive repertoire of punches.
"I've been working on putting a bit more spite in my punches and you saw that I have that in my locker. It was nice to get the knockout as I genuinely thought it would go the distance," explained the 24-year-old. "It will only get better as well as I am quite immature physically and I will only get bigger, better and stronger. It was definitely one for the highlight reel."
At this stage of a fighters career it is vitally important that he stays active and it is clear that Golden Boy plan to showcase their new prize fighter. Ogogo will be back in action on May 18 in Atlantic City where he will have the opportunity to watch slick southpaw Devon Alexander take on Britain's Lee Purdy, while Amir Khan's conqueror Lamont Peterson faces the dangerous Lucas Matthyse.
Fighting on another huge bill is a major plus for Ogogo who admitted that he learnt a lot just from sitting at ringside and watching Khan and Julio Diaz in action.
"The great thing about being with Golden Boy is that I get to gain experience fighting on massive bills, like on May 18 in America. It will only benefit me from boxing on that show and learning from the other guys. I learnt so much just watching Amir Khan at ringside today.
"Ultimately I want to become the best middleweight in the world so it can only be of benefit to me by fighting different guys and gaining experience.
"I want to be the best. I'm not deluded and I know I'm a million miles away from that right now, but if I keep working hard in the gym then it will be a steady progression. Ultimately I want to become the best, but I won't put a time limit on it."
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