UPDATE: Lowestoft boxer Anthony Ogogo’s Olympic dream on hold

THE dreams of aspiring Olympian Anthony Ogogo are on hold after he lost out in the last 16 of the World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan today.

The 22-year-old Nirvana ABC boxer, from Lowestoft, narrowly missed out on securing an automatic spot at the London 2012 Olympics after losing 17-12 on points to Brazilian Esquiva Falcao Florentino.

The middleweight therefore loses out on a place in quarter-finals tomorrow afternoon - the automatic qualifications standard for the Olympic Games.

Ogogo was 6-3 down after the first round, 11-7 down going into the last - but with a big final round required, it proved to be a step too far for Ogogo as he eventually lost out 17-12.

Earlier today, Team GB colleagues Thomas Stalker and Luke Campbell had booked their dream ticket to next year's Games.


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Liverpool's light-welterweight Thomas Stalker became the first boxer to secure a place in the London 2012 Olympics after beating Russia's Alexander Solyanikov 17-9. Campbell then beat Algeria's Mohamed Amine Ouadahi 11-9 to qualify for the Games in the 56kg category.

Having beaten the European champion yesterday, Ogogo will now aim to be selected by Team GB officials at the next Olympic Games qualifying tournament, as he is intent on fighting for his place and for his country at next year's Olympics.

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