Lowestoft boxer Anthony Ogogo overcomes personal obstacles to enjoy Olympic win
ANTHONY Ogogo has revealed that his sister went into labour on the day he enjoyed an opening round Olympic win in the boxing ring.
The Lowestoft middleweight overcame a slow start to comfortably beat Junior Castillo Martinez by 13 points to six at the ExCel Arena.
Ogogo admitted that he almost quit his Olympic dream after his mum, Teresa, suffered a brain haemorrhage just six weeks ago.
The 23-year-old, who also had to overcome a shoulder injury just to take his place in Team GB, told BBC Sport: “It was really nerve-wracking coming out first.
“I’ve worked so hard to get here and you can only imagine what it’s going to be like, so I was a bit tense in the opening round before settling down a bit in the second.
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“I can’t wait to ring my mum up and tell her. My sister also went into labour today, so it’s been a great day for the family.”
Ogogo now faces top seed and reigning world champion Ievgen Khytrov in the last 16.
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He added: “The draw’s not been very kind to me. I’ve got the world champion next, the Ukrainian, but in front of this crowd I feel like I can beat anybody.
“I’ve never boxed [Khytrov] before and it’s going to take a momentous effort but I feel I’ve got it in the locker to beat him.”