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Ogogo joins card for Burns defence

EDDIE HEARN, the promoter, has added the Olympic Games bronze medallist Anthony Ogogo to the SECC bill headlined by Ricky Burns' World Boxing Organization lightweight title defence next Saturday, writes Jim Black.

Ogogo will fight Greg O'Neill from Sunderland in his fifth professional bout on the undercard of Burns' showdown with Terence Crawford.

The 25-year-old middleweight from Lowestoft is one of two Olympians on the bill along with Watford's Anthony Joshua, the 24-year-old heavyweight gold medal winner. Both will be having their fifth pro bouts, with Joshua taking on Hector Alfredo Avila.

Ogogo said: "It's a huge year for Glasgow with the Commonwealth Games so it's going to be great fighting in the city. I've heard a lot about Scottish fight fans so I am expecting there to be a fantastic atmosphere."

Greenock's John Simpson, the former British and Commonwealth featherweight champion, meets John Murray in a lightweight contest, while unbeaten lightweight contender Scotty Cardle takes on another former British champion in Paul Appleby of South Queensferry.

The undercard will also feature the super-middleweight and former Dundee United footballer David Brophy; super-featherweight Michael Roberts; and the emerging Scottish trio of super-featherweight Ryan Collins, bantamweight Scott Allan and lightweight Ryan Smith.

n Scott Quigg will make the second defence of his World Boxing Association super-bantamweight title against the Venezuelan Nehomar Cermeno at Manchester's Phones4u Arena on April 19.

While there have been rumours of a showdown with Northern Ireland's Carl Frampton, Quigg must first focus on Cermeno, who has a so-so record of 22 wins, five losses and a draw, but some impressive scalps.

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