Sheffield boxing: Reed goes after Ogogo

Wayne Reed in action against Rocky Fielding  in their English Super Middleweight Title fight at the Echo Arena, Liverpool
Wayne Reed in action against Rocky Fielding in their English Super Middleweight Title fight at the Echo Arena, Liverpool
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Wayne Reed won’t be thinking about Olympic golden boy Anthony Ogogo’s flawless reputation when he slides between the ropes on Saturday night.

He will be thinking of the damage he can inflict on him, instead.

The Sheffield super middleweight has been hand-picked by Matchroom promoters as a hell-raising, but beatable, opponent to the popular Bronze Medallist.

They know he is an aggressive and will make for good TV over six rounds- but they also expect him to become Ogogo’s seventh professional victim.

Reed, from the Hillsborough area, is not going to the “Collision Course” bill at Echo Arena, Liverpool, to lie down: “Apart from the changing room” he says.

The 26-year-old southpaw told The Star: “I am looking forward to it. When the opportunity came along I thought: ‘Why not?’

“I will fight anybody, everybody knows that. I respect him (Ogogo) for what he did in the Olympics but I didn’t watch him on TV, then or after really.

“My manager and trainer has, and they have seen a few things.”

Asked if he thought he was perceived as the fall-guy in the contest, the Rotherham factory worker replied: “I am going there to have a go. I have trained hard.

“I don’t know if Matchroom think I am (a fall-guy) but I am coming for a fight and whatever happens, happens.”

Reed has lost his last three, but is durable and tough. He went ten rounds in May with fellow Sheffielder Liam Cameron before eventually conceding the IBO youth super middleweight belt to him.

Last year, Reed challenged for the English belt, but was beaten by scouser Rocky Fielding, who ironically, is on Saturday’s bill in his home city, competing for the WBA Inter-Continental super middleweight title.

Reed (10 L8) is a year older than Lowestoft-based Ogogo (W6 L0,) whose last combat with a three round knock out of New Yorker Jonel Tapia at the MGM Grant, Las Vegas.

Ogogo, predicted to be a shining light in British boxing is represented by Golden Boy Promotions, run by ring legend Oscar De La Hoya.