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Ogogo is the nation's favourite

PUBLISHED: 11:23 11 January 2008 | UPDATED: 19:25 05 July 2010

A FAMILY AFFAIR: Toni Ogogo watches her brother Anthony enter the Big Brother house.

A FAMILY AFFAIR: Toni Ogogo watches her brother Anthony enter the Big Brother house.

LOWESTOFT Olympic gold boxing hopeful Anthony Ogogo has proved he is not only a winner in the ring but he's a sure-fire hit for the top after just a week in the national spotlight.

LOWESTOFT Olympic gold boxing hopeful Anthony Ogogo has proved he is not only a winner in the ring but he's a sure-fire hit for the top after just a week in the national spotlight.

For there has been overwhelming local support for the talented 19-year-old from a host of people including his family, friends and coach.

And nationally there has been a massive surge in backing the boxer, who seems to have become something of a heartthrob for the female audience in the midst of the Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack reality television show.

Yesterday, bookmakers Paddy Power quoted Ogogo as being the outright 9-4 favourite to win the show. And as his profile is raised across the country, the teenager is showing all the right moves in front of TV viewers - and admirers in the house.

He may have had to dress up in an acting task as Lady Blanche, be dubbed as a “young Jake La Motta” by celebrity Russell Brand, and placed himself as the least spiritual member of the house in another task - but nothing has fazed Anthony.

And for his 20-year-old sister Toni her younger brother has “done well so far.”

“It's hard to describe really and put into words,” she revealed. “You hear his voice and naturally think he should be upstairs (at home), but he's on television and everyone else can see him - which is a bit surreal.”

Toni's elder sisters Leanne, 25, and Joanne, 23, attended last week's launch night and have also been regulars on the E4 sister shows Big Brother's Big Mouth and Big Brother's Little Brother.

And the family are hoping they will all be able to attend future shows - with mum Teresa and 15-year-old Carly having watched all the action.

“The first moment I saw Anthony on TV - well it was surreal,” Toni said. “The whole family felt really proud and to have even more people watching the opening night as it was on Channel 4 was great. Everyone was so chuffed.”

The student nurse at the James Paget University Hospital also revealed how Anthony had been the talk of the wards.

“On my first day back at hospital all the staff were coming up to me and were saying that they were going to vote for Anthony - all the feedback both me and the family have received has been positive,” Toni said.

“I know Anthony is a good-looking boy who will get the attention. But I know as well that he will not get big headed about it - and if he keeps his feet on the ground and remains level-headed then who knows?

“Hopefully it will raise his profile even more, and it's a great opportunity for the sport as well,” she added. “He's obviously an amateur boxer and just to get himself recognised for that would be great.”

His Triple A boxing coach John Cremin said: “He's done quite a good job so far and it's important he keeps going.

“The Amateur Boxing Association have revealed that he's good for a medal at the 2012 Olympics - and that's the aim.”

Pupils and teachers at his former school in Lowestoft have added they are right behind Anthony.

John Clinton, head of Kirkley High School, said: “He was an extremely likeable young man at Kirkley and someone who we were confident would go on to be very successful. He was a bright lad academically and also a very good boxer and we assumed that he would go on to great success with his boxing. He was fairly confident and very popular with staff and students.”

Victor is currently the bookies' 8-11 favourite to be first contestant evicted from the house just ahead of beauty queen Jade, who was last night being offered at 11-10 by SkyBet.

Keep up with Anthony's progress by logging on to The Journal's Ogogowatch section of the website at www.lowestoftjournal24.co.uk and add your comments.

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