Boxing - Ogogo has unfinished business at ExCel

Junior Ogogo will return to the ExCel Centre in London for the first time since winning Olympic bronze there in 2012 and says he has unfinished business at the venue.

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Anthony Ogogo celebrates his first professional win (Getty)

The East Anglian boxer claimed middleweight bronze for Great Britain but claims he was unable to do himself justice in the semi-final, given his mother's struggles with illness at the time.

After his success at the Olympics, Ogogo turned professional and has since notched three victories without defeat - and he has a chance to add to the win column when he appears on the Golden Boy and Matchroom card this weekend.

“I am really looking forward to it and I am really glad Golden Boy and Matchroom are working together and I am able to get on the card,” said Ogogo. “I definitely have unfinished business.

“At the Olympics I had had a torrid previous 12 months with my mum having a life-threatening brain haemorrhage. Before the games I couldn’t concentrate on boxing and I nearly pulled out of the Olympics but my family told me I had to fight, so I went ahead with it and the whole time she was in a critical condition.

“Looking back, I don’t really know how I managed to do it. I had some good wins there but by the time I got to the semi-final I was physically, but more mentally than anything else, just spent. I had nothing left, I was drained and that came out in my performance. By that point I just wanted to get home because I had been away from my family for so long, mum hadn’t made much of change while I was down there and I just wanted to get back and spend time with my mum and my family.

“In the semi-final I didn’t do myself justice at all. Not through lack of trying, just because I had nothing left, nothing to give, I was completely empty. It was nice to get home and now my mum, in the last 18 months, has made the most miraculous recovery.

“She is healthy and everyone is really well and I am focussing on my boxing. I am in a really good state of mind now and I am looking forward to getting down there and putting that performance to bed because I am in a good position now.

“I love coming to London, it’s a great city and one that is very special given my Olympics experience. I have a lot of people coming down from East Anglia to come and support me which is great and I’m really excited.”

Joining Ogogo on a stacked card consisting of 16 fights will be the likes of former world lightweight title challenger Kevin Mitchell, who faces Italian Brunet Zamora for the vacant IBF inter-continental title, and recent world welterweight challenger Lee Purdy, who will aim to take the European title from Italy's Leonard Bundu.

Two-times world middleweight title challenger Martin Murray, IBF bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell and British super middleweight champion Paul Smith are also all in action.

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