Great Britain’s Anthony Ogogo introduced himself to the professional ranks in emphatic style with a second-round knockout of Kieron Gray at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield.
The 24-year-old, featuring in his first professional fight following an amateur career that yielded an Olympic bronze at London 2012, landed a sharp right hook two minutes into the second round to send Gray to the canvas.
The Telford fighter beat the count but the referee deemed he wasn’t fit to continue and middleweight Ogogo admitted although he had to shake off some early nerves, and the strange feeling of not wearing a head guard, he was delighted to start with a win.
"Everyone's wary of the unknown and that was the unknown for me," said Ogogo. "Luckily the excitement took over.
"I think he was quite surprised by my power. He tried to rough me up and bully me, but when he met my jabs and right hands he must have thought he didn't want to do this.
"We thought we were going to get six rounds out of him and I could learn, but I'm not going to complain.
"It was really enjoyable. I was really nervous. It's the best part of a year since I last boxed. It was nice to be doing what I love doing.
"It was quite daunting boxing without a head guard. I was looking around, thinking 'when are they going to put my head guard on?'"
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