WGC boxer to fight former big brother housemate

PUBLISHED: 18:21 14 April 2009 | UPDATED: 21:59 26 October 2009

WGC boxer Ashley Dennis

WGC boxer Ashley Dennis

WGC boxer Ashley Dennis will have to overcome a former Big Brother housemate if he is to progress in the Senior ABAE Championships. On Friday, at the Auction House in Luton, Home Counties champion Dennis will take on Eastern Counties champion, former Worl

WGC boxer Ashley Dennis will have to overcome a former Big Brother housemate if he is to progress in the Senior ABAE Championships.

On Friday, at the Auction House in Luton, Home Counties champion Dennis will take on Eastern Counties champion, former World Under-17 champion and Olympic Junior medallist Anthony Ogogo.

Ogogo won the welterweight category at last year's ABAE finals when he defeated White Rose boxer Luke Robinson 13-4.

The Suffolk-born fighter also hit the headlines after he appeared in Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack in January 2008 finishing in fourth place.

He has subsequently appeared in numerous modelling shots.

However, his boxing record speaks for itself, and he is one of the most-talked about names on the amateur circuit.

Twenty-five-year-old Dennis' trainer Paul Cook said: "Everyone is talking about the fight; it is a really big one.

"But Ashley has been preparing well and we are confident although we know it will be a tough task.

"It's the first time Ashley has fought at this weight; he has come down from 81kg to fight at middleweight 75kg.

"But we are confident of an upset as Ash is a good puncher and very strong. He has broke a few ribs in his time just sparring, and I don't mean his own!"

The winner of the Dennis versus Ogogo fight will progress through to the National quarter-finals of the prestigious amateur boxing competition.

And that's the stage the WGC pugilist got to last time out in the light-heavyweight section of the ABAE's losing out to Army boxer Tony Richardson 15-5.

Cook, who is also matchmaker at WGC Boxing Club, based in Hollybush Lane, added: "He's (Dennis) up for it, I'm up for it, let's hope Ogogo is up for it.

"I've been with since he was 12-years-old, and on behalf of myself and everyone at the club, we'd like to wish him all the luck in the world.

"And the same goes to James Mason, who is also fighting in the championships; they both deserve it.


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