Date: 23rd October 2016 at 11:39am
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Last night, at the Barclaycard Arena, in Birmingham, Anthony Ogogo suffered a major blow when it came to his world title winning aspirations.

Matched against the local fighter, Craig Cunningham, the 2012 Olympic bronze medallist, was fighting for the WBC international middleweight title.

But it was a fight that was to end in defeat for Ogogo with Cunningham earning the stoppage win when Ogogo was retired by his corner in the eighth round.

The official reason for Ogogo being retired was blurred vision, but the fighter who had won all 11 of his previous professional bouts, was never at the races.

Right from the opening bell Cunningham appeared to be troubling Ogogo with the favourite struggling to cope with Cunningham?s stance.

The second round saw Ogogo floored by a right hook and when his corner eventually pulled him out of the contest at the end of the eighth round, Cunningham was opening up a big lead.

For Cunningham it is a chance to make an impact in the middleweight division at world level whilst Ogogo will have to reassess the direction his career needs to take because, quite frankly, he looked far from being a top-class fighter last night.