Ogogo: I can’t see how I can fail

Anthony Ogogo

Anthony Ogogo - Credit: Archant © 2012

ANTHONY Ogogo’s self-belief cranked up a notch as he was unveiled by Golden Boy Promotions.

ANTHONY Ogogo’s self-belief cranked up a notch as he was unveiled by Golden Boy Promotions.

“With my talent and determination, I can’t see how I am going to fail,” said Ogogo, addressing the press at London’s Mayfair Hotel.

The Lowestoft middleweight can now look forward to the glitz and glamour that comes with being a high-profile professional boxer. However, it could have been so different for the 24-year-old

“Six weeks before the Olympics my mother was taken seriously ill and I pulled out of the Games,” explained Ogogo, who is targeting a professional debut for Golden Boy in April or May.

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“I didn’t do a sit-up or press-up for three weeks, I just wanted to be with my mum.

“My sisters said she was going to be allright but the truth was, we didn’t know if she would live or die.

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“For a long period, it looked like the latter.

“I eventually went back to Sheffield (Team GB base) two and a half weeks before the Olympics and I broke my ribs in sparring.But I pulled it together.”

His Olympic bronze raised his profile to a new level and convinced him to turn his back on a 12-year amateur career, which also saw him win silver at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

“I sat on the ring apron in Sheffield, after London and thought, ‘I don’t think I can do this for another four years’.

“They were talking about competing in the Strandja Cup, which I won in 2011, which is a tough tournament.

“It was held in Bulgaria, in minus-15 temperatures and I did not want to go from boxing at the ExCel Arena, in front of a packed house, to boxing in a school hall in front of 50 people.

“There is the chance I could be boxing on a Floyd Mayweather undercard or topping the bill in the UK.

“Also, Rio, won’t have the same passion as London.”

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