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Friday, December 13, 2013
Anthony Ogogo can’t wait to set the record straight in front of his mother, Teresa, when he takes on Dan Blackwell in his fourth professional outing at the London ExCeL Arena on Saturday.
While Ogogo gained plaudits for winning an Olympic bronze medal in the capital last year his memories are tinged by the inner grief that undermined his whole 2012 experience.
As the Lowestoft fighter fought his way to a bronze medal, at the back of his was whether his mother would awaken from a coma after suffering a brain haemorrhage.
Just over a year on from his Olympic exploits, Ogogo’s mother will be ringside tomorrow after making a full recovery and the 25-year-old can’t wait to show her what she missed out on.
“She’s good and she is really looking forward to getting a bit of an Olympic experience,” said Ogogo, whose fight will be screened live on Sky Sports 2 at 8pm.
“She missed out on that because she was in a coma so it will be great to have her there.
“She can get a bit nervous for me but at this stage of my career I should be winning each fight convincingly and looking good doing it.”
After Teresa’s recovery Ogogo has been able to fully concentrate on his boxing and hopes Saturday’s fight provides the ideal opportunity for him to banish the memory of his last fight at the ExCeL – his semi-final defeat to Esquiva Falcao Florentino.
“I didn’t really want to be at the Olympics at the time,” he said. “They went from being all I thought about to me not even being sure I wanted to be there.
“I was finding it so hard to concentrate with the worry of my mum. By the time I got to the semi-finals I had nothing left. I don’t know how I even got that far to be honest but I really feel like I didn’t do myself justice.
“I know that if I had been able to concentrate properly on the Olympics and my mum hadn’t got ill then I would be sitting here as an Olympic champion.
“I had beaten the Brazilian before but I had nothing left. That performance has been eating away at me and I just want to set the record straight.”
Ogogo had to pull out of a fight in September on the Floyd Mayweather undercard but feels finally over several niggling injuries that had caused him concern as an amateur.
The middleweight has been in full preparation mode for the past month training at The Kickstop Gym in Norwich as he gets down to the 11st 6lb mark required.
“I weighed about 13st 2lb when I was out injured – that’s because I couldn’t do a lot and was feeling a bit sorry for myself,” he admitted. “But I don’t find it too difficult to get down. Once I’m training fully and eating properly it comes off.
“It’s quite tough and you have to be disciplined but if you can make the weight too easily then you’re probably in the wrong weight category.”