Boxing star Anthony Ogogo warns boyhood club Norwich not to do a West Ham this season

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Boxer and Norwich City fan Anthony Ogogo has urged the Canaries not to 'do a West Ham United' this season.

The Lowestoft-born London 2012 bronze medallist, who appeared on the latest series of Strictly Come Dancing, played for Norwich's youth team before embarking on a career in the ring.

But his thoughts are never too far away from Carrow Road and he was at Saturday's 1-1 draw with Everton.

Ogogo's boxing career has suffered lengthy setbacks after he was ruled out for a year following surgery on an achilles injury before dislocating his shoulder in his comeback fight against Ruslan Schelev in July.

He showed great courage in that fight to battle through and take a unanimous points decision after six rounds.

'I think there's three worse teams than us'

And the 27-year-old told talkSPORT he wants to see the same spirit from Alex Neil's Canaries if they are to survive in the Premier League this season with a word of warning from the past.

"I was at the game (against Everton) and I thought the first half was diabolical to be honest, the worst I've seen," Ogogo told talkSPORT.

"But whatever Alex Neil said to them at half-time, or a kick up the backside, it worked and we need to play the way we did in that second half.

"I think there's three worse teams than us this season.

"But nobody is too good to go down.

"You only have to look back at that West Ham side that went down 10 years ago.

"Everybody said they were too good to go down.

"They should have been challenging for Europe but they ended up getting relegated."

Hammers horror is timely reminder

Ogogo makes a very salient point with the Canaries slipping into the bottom three as a result of Newcastle's shock 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Sunday evening.

West Ham's relegation in 2003 saw them drop into the Championship with a record 42 points.

The club, then managed by Glenn Roeder, boasted several players who were regulars or would be future regulars for the England team including David James, Trevor Sinclair, Joe Cole, Jermain Defoe, Glen Johnson and Michael Carrick, not to mention quality players such as legend Paolo Di Canio and Mali star Fredi Kanoute.

Even Hammers fans felt their side, which had finished seventh the season before, would be too good given the talent at their disposal.

And West Ham's fate that season should serve as a timely reminder of just what can happen in this most open of Premier League seasons.

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