28th July 2012
Anthony Ogogo was able to put personal problem’s aside today to get Great Britain’s boxing team off to a good start with a convincing 13-6 win over Junior Castillo of the Dominican Republic, roared on by a 6000 capacity crowd.
The Middleweight hope admitted that he had been emotionally troubled ahead of his opening contest of the games with the stress of his mother recovering in hospital from a brain haemorrhage and then last night (Saturday) just hours before he boxed Anthony got the news that one of his four sisters Leanne, went into labour.
Ogogo, 23, made a cagey start to his opening contest at ExCel Arena before pulling away in the final two rounds. It wasn’t vintage Ogogo, but under the circumstances he managed to pull away and claim a moral boosting start to the games.
The win sets up a mouth-watering bout against reigning world champion at 75 kilos Evgen Khytrov of Ukraine in the last 16. The two will meet on Thursday afternoon
“It was very emotional as I walked to the ring,” explained Ogogo, GB’s last boxer to qualify for the Games. “I thought ‘lip don’t quiver, don’t quiver’.
“I was a bit tense in the opening round but eventually I settled down, got into my rhythm and I’m glad I got the win.
“About six weeks ago my mum had a brain haemorrhage so she’s been in hospital in the critical care unit for a good month and she’s been looked after.
“She’s doing so well. Hopefully I’ve given her a boost and it will help in her recovery. For what she’s doing and what’s she’s going through and how good she’s done I’m so proud of her. Winning a medal at the Olympics is nothing in comparison.
“My eldest sister Leanne went into labour so I’ll phone her and hope I have a little nephew or niece. She’s just down the corridor from my Mum. It has been a really good day for the family. I’ve kept my focus. It makes me want it even more. My world has been incentivised by what’s gone on, I’m working hard, and hopefully I will get what I feel like I deserve.”
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