Olympic Bronze-medal winning Brit Anthony Ogogo (7-0) has announced his opponent for his comeback fight this Saturday; Ukrainian fighter, Ruslan Schelev (11-3). The bout will take place on the undercard of the Super-Middleweight clash between rivals Artur Abraham (42-4) and Robert Stieglitz (47-4-1) as they will enter the ring for the fourth time with each other.
Having had his progression hampered by an untimely Achilles injury Ogogo will make his comeback against Schelev in Germany. It’s a bold move by the 26yo who has been out of the ring for almost bang on a year, whilst Schelev isn’t an undefeated opponent – he has only lost his three bouts in succession – only to come back and win his last bout in late 2014. This, in itself shows the heart of the 26yo Ukrainian. So, there can be plenty of heart shown from both men – considering the tribulations Ogogo suffered with those injuries – he was told he may never run again, but since, has managed to squash a 12 month rehabilitation into 6 months so he can get back into the ring.
However, Ogogo has stated he wanted a ‘real’ test on his return, rather than a mismatched opponent for him to blow over, so you had to admire him for that. Talking to Sky Sports Ogogo said;
“I wanted the very best opponent available for my return. I didn’t want an easy opponent. I wanted someone who will really test me…After such a long lay-off it means everything to me to be back in the ring.”
Schelev will want to win to be able to put those three consecutive losses behind him for good, whilst Ogogo will be hoping for a win to signal his return to boxing after his lay-off. This is a prime example of an undercard fight which could produce more excitement than its main event.