Anthony Ogogo fell to his first professional defeat at the weekend and could be set for a prolonged spell out of the ring after suffering a fractured eye socket, according to the Mirror.
Ogogo went into Saturday's bout against Craig Cunningham in confident mood, but was withdrawn by his corner in the eighth round after complaining of blurred vision.
The cause of the issue was subsequently found to be due to a fractured eye socket, an injury similar to the one Kell Brook sustained during his fight with Gennady Golovkin back in September.
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The Mirror report that the fracture was sustained before the fight took place and the damage was worsened as it went on. They note that this is the belief of an eye specialist who studied the nature of the scan results.
Ogogo went into detail about the effects of the injury during the fight: "After seeing an eye specialist today, it turns out that I have fractured my eye socket in two places.
"Given this, my vision and balance were affected to the point that I had to be pulled out."
He claimed that he knew something was wrong even after the first round. He was, however, unaware of the extent of the injury. It was not plausible for Ogogo to continue the fight with his vision obscured.
Though he's early into his professional boxing career, he spoke in a mature manner about valuing his wellbeing over his undefeated record: "Boxing is a tough sport and despite wanting to try and get through the fight on Saturday I realise my health must come first."
Ogogo explained that his journey to where he is now has been a rocky one and that this injury provides another mountain to climb in his bid to reach the top.
This injury is a setback for the 27-year-old, but he remains defiant. He revealed that he is already looking ahead to recovering and fighting again: "I am ready for the challenge and will be giving everything I have to get back in the ring and to achieve my full potential.”
We may not see Anthony Ogogo in action for quite some time, but he is adamant that he will fight again.
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