Ogogo beats Castillo and dedicates victory to seriously ill mother
20:43 GMT, 28 July 2012
British boxer Anthony Ogogo dedicated his victory on Saturday to his seriously ill mother Teresa – and said winning Olympic gold would be nothing compared to the battle she is going through.
The Lowestoft-born middleweight cruised past Junior Castilla of the Dominican Republic and then dashed to check on his mum, who is in a Norfolk hospital recovering from a brain haemorrhage.
Ogogo was also keen to find out if his eldest sister had given birth after going into labour earlier in the day.
Straight after seeing off Castilla 13-6 at the ExCel Arena, Ogogo said: 'My eldest sister Leanne went into labour today so I'll phone her and hopefully I have another little nephew or niece.
On the attack: Anthony Ogogo beats Junior Castillo Martinez
'Mum had a brain haemorrhage six weeks
ago, and she's still recovering and doing amazingly well. Hopefully
I've given her a boost and it will help in her recovery.'
He added: 'Winning the Olympics would
be nothing in comparison to what Mum's been going through. I'm really
proud of her. She's given me the strength to get in the ring and the
inspiration to do well.'
He now has to get past world No1
Ievgen Khytrov of Ukraine. 'It will be really hard. He's world champion.
But with that crowd and my coaches, the team I've got I feel I can rise
to the occasion: the better my opponent, the better I usually perform.
'The draw's not been kind to me, but I believe I can beat him. I wouldn't be here if I didn't.'
Earlier, Irish bantamweight John Joe Nevin thrashed Dennis Ceylan of Denmark to reach the last 16.