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Anthony Ogogo set to add glamour to Sudbury’s biggest event

Olympic medallist Anthony Ogogo is set to be the star attraction as Sudbury ABC host the Eastern Counties Championship on January 31.

The London 2012 bronze medallist, who hails from Suffolk coastal town Lowestoft, has provisionally agreed to hand out the trophies at the Delphi Club in front of what is hoped will be a bumper crowd two weeks on Saturday.

It will be the first time in more than a decade Sudbury has been the venue for the Eastern Counties’ prize competition, which leads on to progression to the Amateur Boxing Association’s (ABA) revamped All England competition (previously known as the ABA Junior Championships) quarter-finals in February.

Jake Sumner (under-64kg) and Jasper Boydell (60kg) will both be fighting in the under-17s category, with the new competition seeing two age groups grouped together, meaning 16-year-old Sumner could face a recently-turned 18-year-old, with competitors having to be under 17 on January 1, 2015.

Sumner was a previous quarter-finalist in the competition, while Boydell is hoping to go one better having reached the semi-final night previously.

Also on the evening’s card — which Sudbury have reduced the entry price from £15 to £12 for — will be four further Sudbury boxers, including Jack Burgess and George Dennis, competing in youth bouts.

Head coach Neil Anderson said: “This is the biggest event we will stage — if you win this whole competition, you get to go on and box for England.

Twelve-year-old trio Jake Carrington (42kg), Joe Marsh (34kg) and Mark Robinson (33kg) gained experience in the ring by taking part in no decision skills bouts at Eastgate Amateur Boxing Club’s (ABC) Grassroots Show, which was Robinson’s debut appearance.

“All of them performed well and showed good progress in their development towards competitive bouts,” said Anderson.

Jack Wiffen was the lone competitive boxer after the club were forced to pull three other boxers out due to ill health.

The 12-year-old, who competes at 38k,g took on the very confident John Lee of Chalvedon, Basildon.

Anderson said: “This was Jack’s toughest test so far and he rose to the task. He took the centre from the start and put Lee on the back foot and didn’t allow him to get into his rhythm to take the first round.

“In the second it was more of the same and Jack took round two, but in the third Lee had more success and took the round. Jack took a split decision from the judges in what I thought was his best performance to date.”

The doors at Delphi for the January 31 show, the club’s second of their current season, are due to open at 6pm with boxing from 7pm.

Tickets are available on the door, with adults £12 and under-16s £6.