All the sacrifices are worth it, says Lowestoft’s Anthony Ogogo

10:30 15 June 2012

Anthony Ogogo.

Anthony Ogogo.


Lowestoft boxer Anthony Ogogo admits he has had to make sacrifices in pursuit of his Olympic dream but insists he wouldn’t have it any other way.

The 23-year-old has had to forgo the kind of life most men in their twenties lead to make it to London but believes when that first bell rings at the Olympic Games it will all seem worthwhile.

In the week Ogogo was officially named as part of the Team GB boxing squad for the Olympics, the Triple A fighter insisted he would not change anything about his journey to the greatest show on earth.

“I have to make a lot of sacrifices and sometimes you think that you would like to move out and get my own house,” said Ogogo, who lives with his mother and three sisters when he is not training at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield. “But I’m going to the Olympic Games - hardly anyone can say they have been to the Olympic Games, especially in a sport like boxing where it’s so hard to even get there.

“The money I’m on isn’t good at all but I’m in an amateur sport and whether I get paid £100,000 or £10,000 a year I’m getting to do something that I love to do.

“All the sacrifices are so worth it – I wouldn’t change my life for anything. These weeks leading up to the event are going to be so exciting and I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else other than boxing.”

Ogogo’s preparations have stepped up a notch this week with Uzbekistan coming over to England for a training camp. However, it is the psychological side of boxing that Ogogo will be concentrating on in the run-up to London.

Ogogo has admitted in the past he has been guilty of placing too much pressure upon himself to achieve his goals and has been working with a sport psychologist to ensure his mind is as fit and healthy as his body.

“We’ve got a sports pyschologist in the squad - a guy called Peter Lindsay and it’s very much a like a chat between two mates really,” he said.

“It’s not really about the pressure now because I’m there – I’m at the Olympic Games. I’ve always wanted to win the gold medal but at least I’m in a position now where I can win the gold medal.

“The pressure before was whether I would be able to get there and win the gold medal or not.

“Before the injury I didn’t used to get nervous before tournaments. I had been competing at a certain level for so long that I would go there expecting to win, which is a great thing.”


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