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By Mark Armstrong
Friday, August 3, 2012
ANTHONY Ogogo’s Triple A trainer John Cremin was the least surprised man at The Excel Arena yesterday after the 23-year-old pulled off the shock of the Olympic Games so far in beating current world champion Ievgen Khytrov.
Whilst many reflected on Ogogo’s bad luck in having to face the world number one so early in the competiton, Cremin wasn’t concerned.
After 12 years of coaching the youngster he has learned to know better.
“That was absolutely fantastic – I told everyone ahead of the fight that I thought he would beat him and so it proved,” he said. “He showed the determination and desire that I have seen in him for years.
“He has beaten the world champion and it was thoroughly deserved. It’s the best win of his career so far but I’m not surprised by it.”
Cremin was delighted with Ogogo’s display although he admitted to being nervous in the second round after Khytrov forced his opponent into two stading eight-counts. Cremin believes the enforced stoppage actually helped his young prodige though.
“He kept his defence nice and tight and was catching him with some good combinations.
“He showed some really good footwork as wellt to get himself away from the ropes.
“The standing eight counts actually probably helped him a bit – it gave him the chance to catch his breath and get his head clear. I don’t know why the referee gave a second eight count though.
“He got caught in a bit of a war at time but he showed that he can cope with it.”
Despite Ogogo’s glorious victory, Cremin is confident he can maintain his focus and go on to beat Germany’s Stefan Hartel in the quarter-finals on Monday.
“Anthony is set for really big things but he is not even fighting for medals yet we must remember.
“He has got to win his quarter final first before we can start thinking about that.
“He will just have to retreat into his own little bubble and stay focused.
“He will just be making sure that he trains and sleeps well and see that he is ready for the next fight.”
The news could not have been more timely Ogogo family, who were rocked by the news last month his mother, Teresa, had suffered a brain haemorrage.
Her condition has since improved and Cremin hopes the news gives her a boost in her recovery.
“Anthony has been through a lot to get here especially with his mum being taken ill,” he said. “This will do everyone the world of good.
“But hopefully we’ve got even better news on the way.”