Lowestoft boxer Anthony Ogogo set for shoulder op
Lowestoft boxer Anthony Ogogo will have an operation on his right shoulder in a last-ditch attempt to qualify for the London 2012 Olympics.
The 22-year-old will have surgery in London on Monday after his conqueror at the World Boxing Championships, Esquiva Falcao Florentino, failed to reach the final in Azerbaijan going down to Japan's Ryota Murata, a result which means he must now look to the European Championships in April to qualify.
A decision has therefore been made for Ogogo to fix his shoulder problem, which has been hampering him for almost six months, before embarking on a rehabilitation programme to get him right for the Europeans in Turkey.
Ogogo's Triple ABC club coach John Cremin admitted the youngster was devastated to miss out but will now be putting all his energy into his comeback to ensure he is ready in time for the tournament in Istanbul.
'Last time it took about six or seven months to recover but this time he will get follow up treatment in Sheffield, which should reduce it to around three months I think so he will be ready in time,' said Cremin, whose young fighter would have made the qualification mark if Florentino had won yesterday. 'He is very down at the moment and feels like his whole world has come to an end but I know that after the operation he will throw himself into the rehab.
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'He is obviously gutted at the moment, he has worked so hard but he needs to get his shoulder fixed. He can still make the Olympics, it's going to be even tougher now, but he has got the ability to do it.'
Cremin believes Ogogo would have easily seen off Florentino in Baku in the last 16 but for aggravating the shoulder injury in the previous round when beating Artem Chebotarev.
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'He would have beaten the Brazilian lad absolutely no problem if his shoulder hadn't held him back,' he added. 'He thought this was his time. But the fight against the Russian really took it out of him. Whatever happens it's important to get his shoulder fixed because he wants to have a professional career after all of this. We have got to plan for the future and get him up to the level that needs to be at for the European Championships.
'He will be at the 2012 Olympics – I'm still confident of that. He has got the ability – he just needs a bit of luck for it to come right for him.'