18/04/2024

Rocky Ogden (left) has made a sensational start to his professional boxing career. (Image: Combat Analytics)

Since making his way to the sport in late 2021, former Muay Thai practitioner Rocky Ogden (5-0, 4 KOs) has shown that his striking talent clearly extends into the world of professional boxing.

The 23-year-old has been in sublime form over the past 18 months, capturing Australian titles in the Featherweight and Super Featherweight divisions.

Most recently, Ogden edged out the dangerous Manuer Matet (5-4, 3 KOs) over eight rounds to take home the Australasian Super Featherweight crown, the third title of his five-fight undefeated career to date.

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Yet, it has not just been opponents that have been left in awe of his skill set. Those in the gym have been equally as impressed with the Brisbanite’s ability.

Speaking with The Inner Sanctum, fellow rising prospect and sparring partner Vegas Larfield (8-0, 7 KOs) was very complimentary of the fighter he has stood across from during countless rounds.

“I think he has crossed over really well,” Larfield said.

“There are some things (he does) that are a bit different, but he’s learning along the way and he gives me really good work.

“He’s fitting really nicely into boxing.”

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Now, Ogden faces yet another tough challenge in the form of excitement machine, Mark Schleibs (12-1, 8 KOs).

The pair are set to meet over six rounds in the opening bout of No Limit Boxing’s June 18 show headlined by Tim Tszyu’s interim World Title defence against Mexico’s Carlos Ocampo.

Though the significance of the event will lead to increased eyeballs upon Ogden, he is far from a stranger to the buzz surrounding the big stage, as exhibited by his One Championship bout with Muay Thai legend Sam-A Gaiyanghadao in 2020.

Himself preparing to compete on the same card, Larfield has full faith in the preparation the pair have had in the lead-up and the skills each combatant possesses.

“I think it works out just fine,” he concluded.

“Rocky’s not too far away, so it’s easy to make the trip down there and get some good quality work in with him.

“He boxes very well for someone who has come over from Muay Thai. He’s strong, he’s sharp.”

Rocky Ogden vs Mark Schleibs goes down at No Limit Boxing’s Tszyu vs Ocampo on June 18. To order on pay-per-view, click here.

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