Anthony Ogogo: Barry Hearn calls for BBBC probe into pre-fight injury reports

Anthony Ogogo
Anthony Ogogo's trainer pulled him out of the WBC international middleweight title fight

Promoter Barry Hearn says the British Boxing Board of Control should look into the circumstances of Anthony Ogogo's loss to Craig Cunningham.

Middleweight Ogogo was retired by his corner in the eighth round, having suffered a fractured eye socket.

But reports suggest he might have been injured before the fight.

"The boxing board will want to get to the bottom of this situation because it's not good for boxing and it's not good for the fighter," Hearn said.

Ogogo's clash with Cunningham was among the bouts on a show promoted by Hearn's company Matchroom.

The loss was Ogogo's first as a professional in a career that has been blighted by injuries since he won bronze at the 2012 Olympics in London.

The fighter from Suffolk, who is promoted by the Sauerland family, spent a year out with an Achilles tendon injury in 2014 and dislocated his shoulder in his comeback fight.

"It's a really dangerous injury and something you don't play Russian roulette with in your own career," Hearn added to BBC Radio Suffolk.

"Anthony is a talented fighter. It's not the end of his career, but it very much depends on his own resourcefulness to continue and achieve his dreams.

"There's no doubt it's a huge setback, Anthony was a big favourite to win that fight."

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