Anthony Ogogo's Olympic dream ends with a Bronze medal
It was a night of mixed emotions for the British Olympic boxers at the Excel on Friday. Fred Evans, Luke Campbell and Anthony Joshua all won their bouts and are through to the finals, however Anthony Ogogo was beaten, but walks away with his held held high and an Olympic bronze medal.
Ogogo put on a spirited and brave display in his semi-final against a very tough Brazilian Esquiva Falcao, but the gruelling nature of his previous fights was clearly taking it’s toll. The first round was scored equal but the Brazilian upped his work rate in the second and was the more aggressive of the two. Anthony needed a massive third round, but had a terrible start when he was put on the canvas in the first minute. The bout finished 16-9 and ended his Olympic dream.
Ogogo has a lot to be proud of, beating the world number one Levgen Khytrov and the tough German Stefan Hartel on his journey but those two tough battles meant there just wasn’t enough in the tank for the hard-banging Falcao.
Anthony will now look forward to cheering on Team GBs remaining boxers, but it his poorly Mum who his thoughts are with now.
‘The first thing I want to do is give my mum a cuddle and be a good son to her and I will reassess what I do in the future in the next few weeks.’ Anthony told Nick Robinson of The Sun. ‘I’ll show her the medal and I want to hear her say she is proud of me and it will make it all the more worthwhile for me.
‘She is going to have an operation next week which was upsetting to hear but it’s all progressive and if it’s better in the long run it’s good. I’m proud of her. It has put things into perspective and I’m going to show her the medal as soon as I can.’
Anthony’s journey to the games has been a difficult and rocky one, overcoming injury and qualifying at the very last moment, but it was when his mum Teresa was admitted to hospital in June that the pressure really mounted on him. We’re sure she’s very proud of him as are we.