| LONDON, July 28
LONDON, July 28 The pressure of being the first
host nation boxer to fight at the 2012 Olympics was nothing
compared to the trials Britain's Anthony Ogogo had to go through
just to make it to the ring on Saturday.
The 23-year-old middleweight, whose hopes of making it to
his first Olympics were nearly ruined by a serious shoulder
injury last year, has had to spend much of the last six weeks by
his mother Teresa's bedside after she suffered a brain
While she was not well enough to watch her son defeat Junior
Castillo Martinez of the Dominican Republic, Teresa was about to
hear all about the 13 points to six victory.
"I can't wait to get on the phone and speak to her and speak
to my sister who is with her," Ogogo, a silver medallist at this
year's European Championships, told reporters.
"She was really really very seriously ill so she's in bed,
in hospital recovering. She's doing really well, I'm really
proud of her."
Admitting that the draw had not been very kind - he next
faces top seed and world champion Ievgen Khytrov of Ukraine -
Ogogo nevertheless feels he can beat anyone in London's Excel
centre after benefiting from "amazing" opening day support.
He has someone else special to see first though, after his
sister went into labour just hours before he took to the ring.
"I'm dying to get to my phone to see if she had a little boy
or girl," a beaming Ogogo said.
"A great day for the family, I'm glad I did well and gave
them a little lift."
(Reporting by Padraic Halpin)