Retired boxer Anthony Ogogo joins wrestling

Retired boxer Anthony Ogogo joins wrestling

Published On Tuesday, October 29, 2019By Tim Rickson
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Injured Anthony Ogogo heads back to the ring

Retired boxer Anthony Ogogo has just signed for American wrestling company All Elite Wrestling (AEW) in the aftermath of his boxing career, which was ended prematurely after multiple eye surgeries.

The Olympic bronze medallist retired from boxing in March and had not fought since 2016 because of a series of career-threatening injuries.

The 30-year-old from Lowestoft now heads back to the ring to compete in a very different combat sport.

It follows news of British heavyweight Tyson Fury, 31, making his WWE debut on Thursday where he is set to earn a reported £12m.

All Elite Wrestling was founded by Fulham football club's sporting director Tony Khan and was launched this year to rival WWE.

AEW's executive vice president Cody Rhodes announced: "I'm thrilled about this signing. Anthony will be our first developmental project as a company."

Ogogo won a silver medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi and added Olympic bronze two years later in London.

He then turned professional, finishing with a 12-1 boxing record as a middleweight but never won a major belt.

He made the difficult decision to hang up his gloves in March this year after undergoing over half a dozen eye operations over 30 months.

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