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Golden Boy Promotions chief executive Richard Schaefer repeatedly has said that he hopes to make inroads promoting boxing events in the United Kingdom in 2013.
Golden Boy Promotions made a big move to that end Thursday, announcing the signing of 2012 British Olympic bronze medalist Anthony Ogogo.
"Anthony Ogogo has everything you look for in a boxer," Schaefer said in announcing the signing. "He can fight, he has style and charisma and he has amazing crossover potential. I have no doubt that Anthony has the skills in the ring and the personality outside of it to make him a global boxing star.
"We are proud to have him on our team, and this is just the first step in our growing commitment to British boxing."
Golden Boy has been involved with British stars, including Amir Khan, Ricky Hatton and David Haye, but it has rarely promoted events in the United Kingdom.
Schaefer has said the company will begin to branch out there, and Ogogo will be an important part of that effort.
"I am delighted to be signing with the premier promoter in boxing, Golden Boy Promotions," said Ogogo, who turned 24 in November. "So many great fighters have come before me at Golden Boy, and in the coming years I hope to live up to the standard they've set. I can't wait to get started."
As an amateur, Ogogo won a Junior Olympic gold medal and silver medals at the Commonwealth Games and European Championships before making Great Britain's Olympic team. He won three bouts at the Olympics before losing a 16-9 decision in the semifinals to Esquiva Falcao Florentino of Brazil and settling for bronze.
"2012 has been without doubt one of the greatest years of my life," Ogogo said. "To represent my country at a home Games [in London] was an incredible experience, and the bronze medal I won will always be close to my heart.
"Following the Olympics, I've been looking to the future and considering a number of options, and feel that the time is now right to turn professional with Golden Boy."
Ogogo, of Lowestoft, England, played soccer as a youth before beginning to box at age 12.
Golden Boy said his pro debut will be scheduled for early 2013, although no date, location or opponent has been set.