A fight too far for below-par Ogogo

Lowestoft's Anthony Ogogo played the role of pantomime villain to perfection in a packed Talkatora Stadium – but it was the crowd who got their wish, with Eamonn O'Kane winning Commonwealth middleweight gold.

Ogogo had broken the hearts of millions of Indian supporters by knocking out their golden boy Vijender Singh in the semi-finals, before blowing kisses to the crowd in celebration.

Again the former Big Brother contestant used his experience of reality TV to play up to the boo-boys.

But with the crowd firmly behind him, Ulsterman O'Kane, helped by some dubious ringside judging, was the better boxer overall in his 16-4 victory, leaving Ogogo to pick up a silver medal.

Ogogo admitted he was a shadow of the fighter that had dazzled in previous rounds but had no regrets over his showmanship antics.


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He said: 'It was to be expected that the crowd would be supporting him. I have got a lot of respect for this Indian crowd – they are really passionate and get behind a boxer one way or the other.

'I like to get the crowd into the fight and built up, whether it is for me or against me. I want to give them their money's worth.

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'I don't think the scoreline reflected the fight at all. I heard the crowd cheering when he was hitting me on the arms and I knew he was getting points scored so I don't know why that is.

'I am really disappointed. The previous 10 days have really taken it out of me.

'When I went to the ring I felt confident but when the bell sounded and I got into that first clinch I didn't feel myself. A couple of times I fell to the floor because I lost my balance and it's all down to fatigue.

'I didn't feel myself in there although I tried my best. No disrespect to O'Kane but I think I've beaten better fighters than that in the tournament. It was one step too far.'

A close first round saw Ogogo trail 2-1 but the fight slipped away from him in the second, with O'Kane picking him off at will to take the score to 6-1.

Certainly Ogogo was getting no favours from the judges but the third round showed the Ulsterman to be a more experienced and fitter fighter.

There is a short turnaround until the British Championships in November but Ogogo only has one competition in his mind.

He said: 'I'm only 21. I think physically I've still got plenty of maturing to do but by the time the Olympics come round in 2012 I will be beating people like that comfortably.

'I've got two more years of progressing and maturing and when the Olympics do come round hopefully I'll be a world-beater.

'I've beaten Vijender Singh and the Australian, some tough Africans. In two years time when the Olympics roll round hopefully I'll be flying.'

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