Anthony Ogogo (9-0, 5 KOs) is aiming for a stoppage victory against Frane Radnic (11-2, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at The O2 in London, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
The Olympic Bronze medallist returns to action following an impressive third-round technical knockout victory against Gary Cooper on May 28 at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, and the 27 year-old middleweight is eager to build momentum as he targets the big names in the division.
‘’I’m looking forward to getting back in the ring,’’ said Ogogo, who looks in fine form having recovered from the shoulder and Achilles injuries that had kept him out of action for much of the last two years.
‘’Radnic is a good boxer. He’s had thirteen fights, he’s won eleven and he’s knocked out ten of his previous opponents, so obviously he can bang. It’s a very good record, and I think he would be a good test for any prospect; particularly one coming off a big injury lay off like me.
‘’He’s only lost two fights and both of those have been on points, so I want to be the first person to stop him, that’s my objective. Some people might look at his record and see someone who can bang, but I look at it and see someone whose never been stopped, and I want to stop him.’’
The Lowestoft boxer knows another victory will bring him closer to the big fights he craves. ‘’It’s all about building momentum,’’ he says. ‘’This is my second fight in two months and I want to keep busy. I’ve had some bad luck in my career so far, but that’s behind me now and I’m ready to move forward.
‘’I want to be involved in the big fights and I want the big names in the division. My goal has always been to become World Champion and I’m ready to fight anyone to make that happen. Chris Eubank Jr. has the British title, that’s something that I want, and that’s a fight I would love. He’s a big name and that would be a big showpiece for British boxing.’’
Ogogo’s fight is part of a massive night of action at The O2 as Joshua defends his IBF World Heavyweight title against unbeaten American Dominic Breazeale.
George Groves and Martin Murray meet in a mouth-watering domestic Super-Middleweight blockbuster and WBA World title eliminator bout, Chris Eubank Jr defends his British Middleweight title against Welshman Tom Doran, John Wayne Hibbert clashes with Andrea Scarpa for the vacant WBC Silver Super-Lightweight title, unbeaten British Super-Flyweight champion Kal Yafai continues his World title trail, Brixton Heavyweight Dillian Whyte returns to action, Conor Benn fights for the third time in the paid ranks and there’s a debut for Team GB star Felix Cash.