Ogogo books Olympic spot

Anthony Ogogo became the seventh British boxer to secure London 2012 selection after beating Belarusian Vitali Bandarenka 14-7 in his semi-final at the European boxing qualifiers on Friday.

Middleweight Ogogo, a silver medallist at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, has only just returned to the ring after five months out following shoulder surgery, an injury he blamed for his failure to qualify at the first attempt last year.

Fury: ‘Irish title is my Olympic medal!’

Former British and Commonwealth champion Tyson Fury says winning the Irish heavyweight title will be like standing on the Olympic podium with a gold medal around his neck.

Fury meets Belfast hard man Martin Rogan for the vacant Irish title at the Odyssey Arena on April 14 four years on from being denied the opportunity to box for Ireland at the Olympics in Beijing.

Harrison: ‘I’ll give boxing one more shot’

Former European heavyweight champion Audley Harrison has vowed to return to boxing after his stint on hit BBC show Strictly Come Dancing, claiming he will give the sport ‘one more shot’.

In light of the recent decision by his former friend turned foe, David Haye, to walk away from boxing on his 31st birthday, Harrison confirmed that he would fight on after his time on the show.

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Amazing Skipping Skills

Ex Olympic wrestler Buddy Lee is the daddy at skipping, half the time you wonder if the rope is really there. If only he could use that rope as a weapon, he could invent a whole new fighting discipline.

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Enzo Calzaghe: ‘I want Olympic coaching job!’

If Fabio Capello were to lead England to glory next year at the 2012 European Championship, his achievements would still pale in comparison to the last Italian to shepherd British passport holders to titles in a sporting arena. That man is Enzo Calzaghe, and the boxing dynasty he constructed in the Welsh valleys will take some beating in terms of achievement.

Groves: ‘DeGale still can’t sleep at night’

With the war of words well under way for their highly anticipated meeting on May 21, George Groves believes his amateur win over James DeGale still haunts the British champ.

The pair come from the same gym but have never been pals and Groves, who beat Olympic champ DeGale in their only meeting as amateurs, told the News of the World that the loss still troubles DeGale to today.

BBC to show Amateur Boxing Championships

The BBC today announced it will broadcast the Amateur Boxing Championships. The new competition devised by the British Amateur Boxing Association will identify the best prospects in British male and female boxing and will help unearth possible stars of London 2012.

The finals of the Championship will be shown live from Liverpool’s Echo Arena on BBC Red Button, Saturday 13 November (time tbc) with a highlights package on BBC 2 on Sunday 14 November.