By Chris McKenna, courtesy of The Daily Star
ANTHONY OGOGO is hoping his injury hell is behind him as he targets the British title inside a year.
The London 2012 Olympic bronze medallist goes into his seventh fight in the paid ranks on Saturday night in Liverpool when he takes on Wayne Reed.
It is only a year since he turned pro, but the middleweight has already had five months out with a foot injury.
Ogogo, 25, also struggled with shoulder problems as an amateur, but he is hoping that bad luck is over as he sets about taking his career to the next level.
He said: "Last year I was really unlucky with the injury. I hurt my foot, which was really odd for a boxer.
"I couldn't move or train. It's not until you're without your feet that you realise how much you rely on them in boxing.
"Since then, all year I've been in really good nick, touch wood.
"Fingers crossed I can stay injury free for a couple of years and get some momentum behind me.
"Without playing the violin, I've been so unlucky. I've had two serious shoulder injuries as an amateur too.
"Fingers crossed I am 100 percent fit now and I want to keep it that way. If I am 100 percent fit I'm sure I can do great things in the sport."I'd like to finish this year with 10 fights and in my tenth fight win an English title.
"I'm not shouting and screaming from the roof tops saying I'll do this and that because anything can happen.
"You can never can tell what is going to happen, but by the end of this year I would like to be English champion and by next year to be British champion."
Ogogo was signed by Golden Boy Promotions last year, but knows just being with America's biggest promoters will not guarantee success.
He added: "I want people to realistic with me, I want to be told that I'm nowhere near ready to win a world title at this stage of my career but I will be one day."