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Old Boy Juggling Life as a Boxer and A&E Doctor

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Ike Ogbo, who left Bolton School Boys’ Division in 2011 and is a Doctor working in the Accident and Emergency Department at Cumberland Infirmary, has become the national amateur boxing champion (over 91kg/200lbs category) after defeating Sussex’s Harry Dykes in a bout held in East London in December. It was a unanimous decision by the judges. It is a boxing title previously held by Tyson Fury, Frank Bruno and Anthony Joshua. 

Ike, a super-heavyweight, has been boxing since he was a teenager and represented his university during his medical training; he now trains at Border City ABC in Carlisle. 

In an interview with ITV Cumbria, he talked about the symbiotic relationship between his two passions: ‘They both feed into one another. So the pressure of competing and training and being in that very intense environment of being able to make quick fire decisions in the ring, you know, that carries over directly to my clinical practice where I'm making those emergency decisions.’ 

His victory, earned after two impressive wins in Birmingham the weekend before, could be a possible stepping stone to represent England or Team GB in the next Olympics.

Click on this link to watch an ITV Cumbria article on Ike pre-fight.

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