Brandon Ogilvie talks State Title Challenge, Recovering from Loss

ALMOST eighteen months ago, the highly regarded Brandon Ogilvie suffered his first loss as a professional.

Since then, the Indigenous ace has been on a tear, winning five consecutive fights and picking up the West Australian lightweight title in the process.

Ogilvie’s career trajectury towards bigger fights continues on Friday night at the Empire Function Centre in Perth, where he faces fellow West Australian Jacob McBride for local bragging rights.

In an exclusive interview with Aus-Boxing, Ogilvie (10-1, 4 KOs) talks to us about the learning curve that his lone career blemish has proven to be, his maturity into the paid ranks as well as his plans for the rest of the year.

“I hit the professional scene at eighteen shortly after I didn’t make the 2012 Olympic Games,” said Ogilvie. “My style of fighting is much more suited to the professional boxing and my journey so far has been a good experience,”

The journey of which Ogilvie, 21, speaks so proudly of has seen the humble and equally talented prospect notch ten professional wins in less than three years.

The Perth resident boasts credible wins over battle tested veterans Jerope Mercado and Roy Tua Manihuruk, as well as a decision over the previously undefeated Anthony Taylor on the Green vs. Cameron undercard in 2012.

However, it was his surprise loss to John Ford in his sixth professional fight that has moulded the prospect, forcing him to bite down and take a more serious approach to the sport.

“I think it was my sixth professional fight when I lost to John Ford on the Thunder Dome card,” Ogilvie explained. “Look, some people say a loss earlier in your career is better than a loss later in your career and I agree with that,”

“I took a lot away from that loss – more than any of my wins – and it made me a lot wiser as a fighter, especially when you consider that I had the guy down in the first round,”

While the prospective future for Ogilvie appears bright, he understands that a title win over Jacob McBridge is crucial to securing more meaningful fights.

“To hold the title in my home state is pretty good,” said Ogilvie in closing.

“The West Australian title is a good belt to have, especially here in my home state,”

“My plans for the rest of the year is to keep active in the fight game and keep fighting as regularly as I can. Hopefully then I’ll be able to secure a regional belt to top the year off for me,”

Photo: Damo Photography/CDL Boxing Promotions


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