Boxing - Ogogo: I can be Britain's best middleweight

Olympic bronze medallist Anthony Ogogo believes the struggles he overcame to claim a London 2012 medal are proof that he is destined to become Britain's greatest ever middleweight.

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Boxing - Ogogo: I can be Britain's best middleweight
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Britain's Anthony Ogogo reacts after defeating Dominican Republic's Junior Castillo Martinez in the Men's Middle (75kg) Round of 32 Bout 1

Off the back of his performance at London 2012, the 24-year-old signed a contract with Golden Boy Promotions last month and is set to make his professional debut in April or May.

Ogogo, 24, had to settle for Olympic bronze after losing to Brazil's Esquiva Florentino in the middleweight semi-final, but his bid to simply qualify was hampered by a shoulder injury.

And, having fought against medical advice to recover in time to fight at the ExCeL, Ogogo insists he is now ready to make the step up from the amateurs as he targets long-term goals in and out of the ring.

"I want to become a global superstar," he said. "I want to be Britain's best ever middleweight boxer. I want to be knighted in the future; I want to be Sir Anthony Ogogo. I want to get my MBE or OBE and I want to become knighted.

"I've got massive aspirations and when I said this to the other promoters I got a look back from some of them but when I said it to Richard [Schaefer, chief executive of Golden Boy] he nodded along and said 'let's do it' and it pretty much went from there really.

"I think I have got that winning determination and that uniqueness that I think all successful people in life have.

"The reason why I know I'm going to be successful in this game is because, going back 18 months, I was told that the Olympics were not going to happen for me because my shoulder was basically hanging off.

"The surgeon said 'give it a miss, you're still young and you can go to Rio [in 2016]' and I thought 'who is this guy telling me what I can and can't do?'.

"So I rehabbed very quickly, I was getting up in the middle of the night to rehab my shoulder and working really hard until I was in tears and had sick in the back of my throat – that shows that grit and determination I have and that is innate in me."

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