Ogogo: Medal the only target

Anthony Ogogo insists it's a medal or nothing as he prepares to start his campaign in the Olympic boxing middleweight division.


Ogogo won silver at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and claims he will only be satisfied with a gold medal upgrade this time around.

The 23-year old former Big Brother contestant failed to book his place at the Games at last year's World Championships as he battled a shoulder injury but showed a return to form with a silver medal in the final qualifying event in Turkey three months ago.

"My expectations are just to perform and if I can do that, there’s no reason why I can’t become Olympic champion," he said.

"The support staff all believe I can win that gold medal, so I’m getting in the ring with confidence from their belief in me and will take each fight as it comes.

"I want to win a gold medal obviously and at the very least, I want to win a medal – I’ll be devastated if I leave without getting on the podium.

"Although if I won the bronze I think I'd still be pretty gutted that it wasn't the gold. In 50 years time I might look back and be proud of just being part of the team but right know I just really want a medal."

Five Olympic boxers to watch

Roberto Cammarelle (ITA) - the Beijing 2008 super heavyweight gold medallist aims to repeat his success to add to his two world amateur championship successes.

Katie Taylor (IRL) - Ireland's top female boxer has won four world amateur lightweight championships and five European gold medals. She also plays international football for Ireland.

Thomas Stalker (GBR) - The host nation are captained by Stalker, who is ranked No.1 in the world in the light welterweight division.

John Joe Nevin (IRL) - Ireland's only Olympic boxing gold came when Michael Carruth won the welterweight competition at Barcelona 1992. Bantamweight Nevin may be their best chance among the Irish men to end a 20-year wait.

Savannah Marshall (GBR) - the 21-year-old won Britain's first women's boxing world title in China in June, defeating Elena Vystropova to claim middleweight gold.

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