Anthony Ogogo at today's press conference

Anthony Ogogo turns professional

Lowestoft boxer Anthony Ogogo, who won a bronze medal at London 2012, has announced he is turning professional.

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Olympic boxer Ogogo turns professional

Great Britain's Anthony Ogogo from Lowestoft with his Men's Middle (75kg) bronze medal Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Olympic boxing bronze medallist Anthony Ogogo from Lowestoft has signed his first professional contract. Middleweight Ogogo was announced as the newest recruit by Golden Boy Promotions, and the Briton is poised for his first paid fights in the new year.

Ogogo insisted now is an ideal time to leave the amateur ranks, having experienced podium success at London 2012.

He said: "I can't wait to get started. 2012 has been without doubt one of the greatest years of my life.

"Following the Olympics I've been looking to the future and considering a number of options, and feel that the time is now right to turn professional with Golden Boy."

A date and venue for Ogogo's first fight has yet to be announced.

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Facebook petition to keep postbox bronze

More than 2,000 people have joined a Facebook campaign to keep the bronze paint on a post box in Lowestoft, in honour of local boxer Anthony Ogogo.

The middleweight was welcomed back to the town this week after winning a bronze medal at the London Olympics.

But the Royal Mail says it's only honouring gold medallists, and the unofficial tribute will soon be repainted red.

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