LOCAL boxer Greg O’Neil has been handed a dream fight with Olympic hero Anthony Ogogo.
The Hartlepool and Horden middleweight will tackle the London 2012 bronze medallist over six rounds in Glasgow a week on Saturday.
Ogogo has reeled off four straight wins since turning professional including two inside the distance and is rated as one of Britain’s best talents.
So much so that the 25-year-old, from Suffolk, has been signed up by 10-time world champion Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions.
He will fight in Scotland as part of an association with Matchroom Sport, the current big hitters on the British promoting scene.
Ogogo v O’Neil will go ahead at the SECC on the undercard of Ricky Burns’ WBO World lightweight title defence against America’s Terence Crawford.
O’Neil, who has won three of his first four pro fights,said he “jumped at the chance” of a televeised showdown with the high-profile Ogogo.
“I’ve been training and training, just waiting for a fight,” said O’Neil.
“This great break came up and I accepted straight away.”
It will be O’Neil’s biggest fight and payday but the 22-year-old says the purse was unimportant.
He said: “It’s not about the money – I’m a fighter and I want to fight.
“I’ve not boxed for nearly a year since losing to Lewis Taylor [for the International Masters bronze title].
“I want to get back in and want to put the defeat behind me.
“This is a fantastic fight on a brilliant show. I can’t wait.”