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‘I can’t do this anymore’ – Anthony Ogogo rolls dice on final eye operation

World Boxing News 15/11/2018

Sebastian Heger

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Two years on from his last fight, Anthony Ogogo has undergone a further surgery to his eye in order to fight again.

The 29 year-old, who claimed bronze at the London Olympics in 2012, was stopped in his last outing by Craig Cunningham and his career immediately looked in jeopardy.

Problems with his sight meant Ogogo was forced to step away from boxing in order to assess his future.

All this came on the back of one fight in two years due to chronic achilles trouble.

It’s been a tough road for Ogogo, who admits he’s coming to the end of the journey if his latest move fails.

“From this moment onwards I’m either going to catapult to greatness or it’s the end of this chapter,” said Ogogo in a heartfelt series of videos.

“This is it for me. I can’t keep chasing something that doesn’t want to be caught. I just really hope this works.

“This is as low as I’ve felt for a long time. I genuinely don’t know the last time I had cried. This is the first time I’ve cried.

“I don’t want to be here anymore, I want to be in a boxing ring becoming world champion.

“I’m a positive person. I always look on the bright side of things. Two years of kicks in the stomach and I’m running out of positive things to look at.”


FINAL STRAW

On criticism levelled at him previously for his one and only loss, Ogogo added: “The next time you criticise a boxer, an athlete or any human being for that matter take into consideration the battles they’ve faced and the mountains they’ve climbed. Think before you judge.

“Some real talk from me tonight. I just can’t do this anymore.”

Ogogo was widely tipped as a world champion when he turned pro and soon racked up a string of victories.



Ailments began to halt his progress almost instantly though and it’s been a tough battle for Ogogo to just make inside the ropes at times.

Eyesight is one of those injuries at the top of the list of retirements for boxers. Anything to do with the possibility of blindness usually means your career is over.

With his funds diminished, and as things currently stand, it seems to be a very long shot for Ogogo to make it to a 13th pro contest.

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