Saturday, 21 April 2012

Anthony Ogogo makes it into Olympic squad...

23-year old Anthony Ogogo has become the seventh British boxer to qualify for the Olympic games. The middleweight from Lowestoft has only recently recovered from a shoulder injury that he suffered in last year's world championships. He made a dramatic return by beating Vitali Banderenka of Belarus 14-7.

Ogogo said "I always knew if I got myself fully fit and free from injury then I could compete with the best in the world. It will be a dream come true to represent Great Britain in a home Olympics."

He is the second British boxer to get through in Trabzon. Lightweight Josh Taylor was the first when he qualified earlier this week. The other fighters that have already qualified are Andrew Selby, Luke Campbell, Thomas Stalker, Fred Evans and Anthony Joshua.

Great Britain could still match the 8 qualifiers they had four years ago in Beijing if Callum Smith manages to qualify. But, the light-heavyweight cannot do anything about it, he just has to hope that luck is on his side. He was beaten by Vatan Huseynli of Azerbaijan but with three qualifying places left in his category he can still qualify if Huseynli beats Turkey's Bahram Muzzafher in the final today. It will be an anxious weight for the British hopeful.

This one of the strongest British teams I have seen in a very long while so our boxing team will hopefully be bringing home a lot of medals for our country.


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