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Ogogo on a title mission

PUBLISHED: 12:12 02 May 2008 | UPDATED: 20:17 05 July 2010

HIS sights were set on the final, and dreams have become reality for Anthony Ogogo.

The Triple A boxer, England international, celebrity Big Brother star, future Commonwealth Games and Olympian reached the final of the national senior ABA championships with two easy victories over older opponents at the weekend.

HIS sights were set on the final, and dreams have become reality for Anthony Ogogo.

The Triple A boxer, England international, celebrity Big Brother star, future Commonwealth Games and Olympian reached the final of the national senior ABA championships with two easy victories over older opponents at the weekend.

And after being left deflated 18 months ago by a controversial decision, which meant he missed out on becoming the youngest-ever winner (at 17) of the senior title, now Ogogo is intent on putting that behind him and lifting the national trophy.

Last Friday's quarter final at Sheffield matched him with hard-hitting southpaw Barry Buchanan from West Hill, but Ogogo's class saw him canter to a 9-0 win.

A 9-4 win in which Ogogo “never had to get out of first gear” in the semi final in beating southpaw Adam Grigg (Salisbury) on Saturday confirmed his place in the final at York Hall on Friday, May 16.

And now Ogogo's coach John Cremin and the Triple A boxing club are organising coaches for the final, encouraging locals to book their seats for the U69kg showdown against Luke Robinson (White Rose) - and there's also the possibility that some of Anthony's friends he made on E4 show celebrity Big Brother will also watch him.

“Both fighters Anthony faced were awkward - but he came through them easily, and this is a massive thing for him after the setback last time in the semi final against Selkirk,” Cremin told The Journal.

“He will be in for a battle with Robinson, as he's a strong kid - but I think he's made for Anthony with his hand speed and quick feet.”

Back in Lowestoft this week, after the double-header in Sheffield, Ogogo was able to watch his sister Carly triumph at the City of Manchester Stadium on Monday in the Schools Cup final,

He exclusively told The Journal how he was pleased with his form - but feels there is even more to come!

“The Big Brother thing has helped me a lot,” he said. “I've been a target before because of my England appearances, but this has been heightened now.

“People really want to beat me, they bring bigger crowds with them to cheer them on to beat me - but really it's worked the other way,” he revealed. “It's given me a whole new enthusiasm for it and the extra confidence to improve even more and work harder in the gym.”

With “two good wins, and two good displays” Ogogo is now confident he can emulate his sister's football team and hopefully Lowestoft Town FC in bringing national glory to town - with a top-notch hat-trick.

“I'm still upset that I didn't win in Liverpool last time, but I was cheated, and am now 100pc fully confident in myself to win in the final,” he told The Journal.

While for some this would sound like bravado, or even arrogant, Ogogo is so confident in his ability and motivated by hurt from not winning the national senior title aged 17 he is determined not to let it happen again!

“It's great for the whole town at the minute, what with Lowestoft at Wembley and the Kirkley High School girls already winning - it's putting Lowestoft firmly on the map and hopefully I can continue the success,” he revealed.

If anyone is interested in coach travel and a ticket to watch Ogogo fight in London, contact Linda on 0781 752 3079, for more information.

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