Ogogo off to a flyer

Anthony Ogogo celebrates his second round stoppage win against Kieron Gray
Anthony Ogogo celebrates his second round stoppage win against Kieron Gray Photo: PA Wires

Olympic bronze medallist Anthony Ogogo got the perfect start to his professional career with a knock out in the second round of his first fight.

Lowestoft's Ogogo delivered an inch-perfect right hand shot which rocked back Kieron Gray's head and dumped him heavily to the canvas to end their middleweight contest after exactly two minutes of the round.

It was a magnificent debut by Ogogo who had been rewarded for his exploits in London last summer by being handed a potentially lucrative deal by Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions.

In truth the result was hardly in doubt with Ogogo being pitched in against a fighter who had won just five of his 19 previous professional bouts.

But as a statement of intent went it could hardly have been more impressive from the likeable Ogogo, who had exuded confidence from the outset of the contest.

Anthony Ogogo (right) in action during his victory over Kieron Gray
Anthony Ogogo (right) in action during his victory over Kieron Gray Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Gray came to give it a go but he was clearly not in anywhere approaching Ogogo's class, and the Olympian spent the first three minutes feeling him out and getting used to the professional ring.

A neat right hand towards the end of the first signposted the way the fight was likely to end and as the second round wore on Ogogo gradually became more dominant.

When it came the ending was right out of the top drawer, a first right temporarily stopping Gray in his tracks and a lightning follow-up from the same hand clattering Gray to the canvas.

Despite Gray's game attempts to get to his feet, referee Michael Alexander wisely determined he had seen enough and quickly dispensed with the count to confirm Ogogo's impressive first win.

Anthony Ogogo
Anthony Ogogo (right) turns away to celebrate his second round stoppage win. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire