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Anthony's sights set on Beijing

PUBLISHED: 10:04 01 February 2008 | UPDATED: 19:35 05 July 2010

FAN CLUB: Friends of Anthony Ogogo outside the Big Brother house.

FAN CLUB: Friends of Anthony Ogogo outside the Big Brother house.

HE may not have won the £50,000 prize, but Olympic boxing hopeful Anthony Ogogo has certainly caught the eyes of the nation.

After capturing the attentions of male and female admirers across the country and with modelling shoots potentially in the pipeline, the 19-year-old has admitted his feet are still firmly on the ground as he aims for a shot at the top of the boxing world.

MODEL HOUSEMATE: Lowestoft's finest - Anthony Ogogo

HE may not have won the £50,000 prize, but Olympic boxing hopeful Anthony Ogogo has certainly caught the eyes of the nation.

After capturing the attentions of male and female admirers across the country and with modelling shoots potentially in the pipeline, the 19-year-old has admitted his feet are still firmly on the ground as he aims for a shot at the top of the boxing world.

And speaking exclusively to The Journal, the Lowestoft teenager, who was hoping to be home today after being away for more than a month, revealed the whole Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack experience had been much more than he had expected.

Speaking from his London hotel room a day after his fourth place finish on Monday, Ogogo was reflecting on a “brilliant” three and a half weeks.

“I've learnt so much more than I anticipated,” he said. “When I went in I was a bit sceptical about going into the unknown - but I've come out far more experienced, I've learnt so much about myself and I'm a more-rounded person.

“The whole Big Brother experience has done so much for my character and confidence - it's made me a more wiser person. The whole experience was amazing - I really enjoyed it. I've been really lucky and I still can't believe it all now.”

He's been described as “fit,” a “handsome hunk” and “sensitive boxer” but for all the talk of modelling and photo shoots, the former Kirkley High School pupil is still focusing on a boxing career.

The Journal understands that Endemol (who produced the show) have been inundated with modelling requests for Ogogo from across the globe.

Speaking about this and even a switch to modelling, he revealed: “If it can benefit me financially to help me box, then all well and good - but it would only be a part-time pursuit.

“I still want to be a boxer and become the Olympic and world heavyweight champion - that's still my goal. I won't take my eyes of that and will keep my feet on the ground. I'll just take things as they come but I am a boxer and that's what I want to be renowned for. I've always wanted to go to Beijing (Olympics) in 2008 and I still want that, but if not I'll be 23 in 2012 and the aim will be to win a gold medal then turn professional.”

Speaking of the overall winner of the show he said: “I'm glad John won - he deserved it. I will be going up to Edinburgh to see him and he is more than welcome to come to Lowestoft as well.”

Ogogo added that he now wants to remain in touch with the other 11 housemates.

“I was sad leaving these brilliant housemates behind,” he said. “You are with these people 24/7 and you become really close to them - they were all like best friends. I definitely want to stay in touch with everyone and would class John as one of my best friends. I really got on with Latoya and I really missed Jade when she left.”

So much so that Ogogo, who has his home in London Road South, has sent out a personal invitation to all the other housemates to come and watch him box in his next bout.

At Monday's final he was shocked to discover that 30 friends and family, including his mother Teresa and sisters Carly, Toni, Leanne and Joanne, had made it to Hertfordshire to welcome him.

“It was amazing,” Ogogo said. “The atmosphere was brilliant and I couldn't believe how many people had banners with my name on - but the best thing was seeing my mum and sisters again, and all my mates - that was a real surprise.

“I've raised the profile of Lowestoft, myself, amateur boxing and the club all in a great way - and I'm happy with what I achieved.

“I'd like to say thank you to everyone. I really appreciate all the support - it does mean the world to me.”

To view a video of live eviction action at the BB home in Hertfordshire from Monday log onto www.lowestoftjournal24.co.uk

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