The word ‘balls’ is used too often in sport – and we don’t mean the objects sport stars play with.
We mean grit and determination ‘balls’ that sees our favourite sport stars come back from losing positions even when they’re not competing to their best to overcome their obstacle.
Step forward Anthony Ogogo.
This man is a London 2012 Olympic bronze medallist, 2010 Commonwealth Games silver medallist, and a 2004 junior Olympics gold medallist.
He is a born winner, and despite registering blind due to the loss of sight in his left eye and having his driving licence taken away from him, according to the latest from The Sun, Ogogo will look to return to the ring after losing only one fight of 12 in his professional career.
Battered and bruised, but not beaten
Ogogo sustained his injury in his Birmingham bout with Craig Cunningham last October in a surprise defeat.
Many expected the undefeated Ogogo to win the vacant WBC international middleweight title, but Cunningham had other ideas.
Following the fight, Cunningham told BBC Sport: “I love being the underdog. Nothing fazes me.”
He was powerful and swift in his combinations, knocking Ogogo back at every step and eventually it took its toll, as Ogogo’s corner conceded in the eighth round when the Brit complained of blurred vision.
Shortly after he was examined, it was announced that he had a fractured eye socket.
He has sustained some other pretty nasty injuries in the past too, most notably when he lost a year with an Achilles injury which required major surgery.
He also dislocated his shoulder in the second round of his fight against Ruslan Schelev. He subsequently continued and won on points after six rounds.
That word ‘balls’ comes to mind.
Registered blind but Ogogo can see clearly
Since his defeat to Craig Cunningham, and dealing with his new impairment, many would expect Ogogo to go out gracefully with no shame at his life-changing injury.
But, Ogogo has no intention of hanging up his gloves and wants to return to the ring as soon as possible.
He told Sky Sports that he could have a happy life as some sort of pundit for the sport but added, “That’s not the life I want though – I want that hard living.”
He also told The Sun, when asked about a return and the danger to his health: “I don’t care – I want to be a boxer that much.”
With that sort of determination, and hoping his sight returns fully, let’s hope we see him back in the ring soon!
An athlete like this deserves a second shot at a career he so clearly loves.News Now - Sport News