Anthony Ogogo is keeping his eyes on the prize following surgery
PUBLISHED: 10:39 30 March 2017 | UPDATED: 15:53 30 March 2017
Anthony Ogogo insists he will fight again and hasn’t given up on his dream of becoming a world champion.
The London 2012 Olympic bronze medallist was advised by several eye specialists to hang up his boxing gloves in the wake of fracturing his left eye socket.
The injury cost Ogogo his unbeaten record last October against Craig Cunningham, who forced an eighth round stoppage against the 27-year-old, although it was revealed afterwards that Ogogo had fought with an eye injury.
Members of Ogogo’s backroom team wanted the middleweight to pursue other opportunities outside of boxing but the Lowestoft man doesn’t want to face up to a life outside of the squared circle just yet.
Ogogo said: “There have been questions because of the things I’ve done outside of boxing and people asking ‘do I really want to reach the top in boxing?’”
“I was told that by having my eye operated on that I could make it even worse.
“I said I don’t care – I want to be a boxer that much. It’s been the worst six months of my life but I can see light at the end of the tunnel.”
Ogogo has undergone two operations on his left eye after fracturing the socket in eight places.
He may yet have to go under the knife again but insists he will do whatever it takes to ensure he can climb back into the ring.
“I went to go and see 10 different eye experts to get to the bottom of the problem. It was such a bad eye injury,” he continued.
“I was actually technically blind – I wasn’t allowed to drive – they took my licence away.
“The double vision I had was so severe that I was registered blind. If I had applied for a blue badge I would have got it!
“But I need to do this. I know that I could have a happy life outside of boxing, doing some television presenting or some punditry.
“That’s not the life I want though – I want that hard living. I want to go back to Cunningham’s backyard and bash him up in front of his own fans – the same ones that were booing me and calling me names.
“Whether you like me or loathe me, you’ve got to respect me and what I’ve been through. I know I can get to the top.”