Ogogo to return on July 18

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The 26-year-old middleweight is (7-0-0-KO4) last fought almost exactly 12 months ago when he stopped Wayne Reed in five rounds at the Echo Arena in Liverpool – but he’ll be back in action on the Arthur Abraham v Robert Stieglitz undercard in Germany.

Ogogo returned to the Liverpool arena to join the Sky Sports commentary on June 26 and revealed he has signed a co-promotional deal with German promoters the Sauerland Brothers, who are yet to announce his comeback opponent.

Achilles injuries and resulting surgeries have plagued the last 12 months of Ogogo’s promising career but, having made a full recovery, he is upbeat and enthusiastic over the prospect of an injury-free return to boxing in the spotlight.

He said: “It took four operations (two on each Achilles), I laid in my bed, totally immobile with the blackout curtains drawn 24/7. I couldn’t tell if it was day or night, I didn’t want to know. It was just gloominess, total gloominess. I didn’t want to see a soul until the casts came off my feet and I was able to rehab.

“Finally, the casts and bandages were off and there was no stopping me. The surgeon told me that after the second operation I’d be out for a further 12 months and I’ve done it in six.

“And do you know what? If it was gun to head, I could have boxed two months ago. That’s just testament to how hard I’ve worked, how hungry I am and how much I want to become a legend.

“I’ve learnt so much about myself in the past 12 months. Things that when I’m in the proverbial trenches, in the late rounds of a gruelling fight, I know I’m going to have what it takes to climb out and win the fight. I’m even looking forward to it. I can’t wait.

“I sat in the changing room after stopping Wayne Reed on a summers night in Liverpool knowing that if I wanted to become a legend in this game then I’d need to get this problem fixed. I couldn’t hide behind a stern face anymore, I could mask the pain with painkillers no longer.”