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Ogogo has been an Olympic bronze medallist, a model and a participant on Strictly Come Dancing. He was a boxer then and, more than ever, he is a fighter now. The 28?year?old middleweight, however, has not stepped into the ring Jonathan Stewart Jersey for over a year. Ogogo has been engaged in a far more brutal battle to protect his eyesight and salvage his career.
On 22 October 2016, in his 12th professional fight against Craig Cunningham, Logan Couture Youth jersey Ogogo lost his unbeaten record on an eighth-round stoppage after a blow which fractured his left eye-socket in seven places. The consequences have taken a terrible toll on Ogogo physically, emotionally, psychologically and financially but he retains a fierce desire to box on.
After 90 minutes, in which the traditional question-answer format of an interview has been turned into an impassioned monologue from Ogogo, I make a rare interruption. After all he has endured why does Ogogo want to return to the most dangerous sport of all? Why risk more heartbreak when he could make a decent living as a charismatic TV pundit or reality show star?
Ive got this image in my head, Ogogo says. I want to be knighted when Im old. I want to inspire so many people. I want to box like Anthony Joshua is doing now. I come from a small town, Lowestoft, and a single?parent family. We were five kids and we were poor. Ive scraped and clawed to hopefully, someday, become someone. If I can do it, anybody can do anything. But to complete this story of me overcoming adversity, I need to become world champion. Im nowhere near that yet. Thats why Im still fighting.
This last year has been rubbish. Its been the worst year of my life. Luckily I found the best people in the world with my eye situation. If I wasnt so obsessive my career would have been over a long time ago. But it is very lonely.Ogogo has shown me pictures of his wedding to Casey, when his eye was still puffy and shut after surgery, and so what does his wife think of his determination to box again? My wife is amazing and an absolute sweetheart. She understands. But shes a teacher and she cant get time off during school. My last surgery I flew to America on my own, I found the hospital on my own. Womens Michael Fulmer Jersey I had surgery, discharged myself, went back to my hotel, took a plane and came home alone. Youve got to be mentally strong to do that. But Im skint. Ive paid for all my surgeries and its ridiculously expensive. I had to remortgage my house to pay for my last surgery. Ill have to find the money for the next one somehow.
Ogogo flies to the US in three weeks for another procedure which, if successful, should allow him to pass any tests that the British Boxing Board of Control will insist on him taking. He hopes to fight again once his training regime includes hard sparring and he would love to vanquish his defeat by Cunningham a http://www.officialauthenticbroncos.com/YOUTH+ADAM+GOTSIS+JERSEY decent http://www.nflbengalsofficial.com/Authentic-Trey-Hopkins-Jersey pro with a 19-2 record. But Cunningham has none of the star appeal of Ogogo, who was once expected to match Joshua, his London 2012 team-mate, as a force in British boxing.We revisit the fight which darkened Ogogos world. I was bashing up guys much better than Cunningham in sparring. I felt great. I expected to be world champion by this time in 2017. I came out for the first round and Cunninghams a southpaw. Our legs got tangled in an unintentional collision. It could have been a forearm or a head but I thought: Fucking hell, whats happened? The right eye was showing Cunningham way over there and my left eye had twisted out. It was like I was being hit by someone while Im lying on my side.
I didnt say anything to my corner and, in round two, I didnt know if he was two foot or 20 foot away. I didnt see the punches coming until I was hit. He dropped me but it wasnt a big punch. I just didnt see it. My left hand was tight to my head the whole fight because I couldnt see him throwing a hook. He hit me so many times in the hand that, at one point, I backed away. I thought he was well away from me. I dropped my hands because I was so tired and hes whacked me. I couldnt see he was right in front of me.
Fighting blind, Ogogo still believed he could win. He was breathing heavy, and I thought: Ill knock him out. I threw a right hook with so much gusto. But I missed by a mile and did a 360-degree spin. My corner know how good I am and Tony Sims [his co-trainer] said: Whats going on? I couldnt say because I knew if I did theyd pull me out. I said: Im fine. He was confused because normally after a big shot your words are slurred. But I was so coherent.The vision was so bad I eventually came back to the corner and he said: How many fingers am I holding? I was seeing two hands, two faces. I guessed and said: Four. He said Ive got no fingers up. He tricked me because he knew my eye was gone. Tony said: The fights over. I was devastated because I thought Id stay undefeated. But I do appreciate my team looking out for me and my welfare by pulling me out. It was 100% the right decision.
I went to a specialist at Moorfields [eye hospital, in London] and they did eye tests. She asked: What are these letters? I couldnt see them. She said: You should be classed as blind because you cant read these four letters. I saw 10 different doctors because there were seven fractures. The issue was the eye-socket which protects the eyeball and http://www.officialrockiestore.com/Carlos_Gonzalez_Jersey the muscles which move the eye. The eye-socket had to be repaired but there was soft-tissue damage. These eye muscles are as thin as clingfilm and they dont repair themselves like a leg muscle. All they can do is go into the good eye and weaken the muscle to replicate it so that both eyes are aligned. At the moment my eyes dont work together. They look in different directions. Its a squint. My right eye is lower than the left.But the left eye-socket is now stronger than before. The orbital floor where the eye sits is like eggshell. Kell Brook had a plate inserted [after his eye?socket was dislocated twice by Gennady Golovkin and Errol Spence]. But a plate can still get bent. Professor Simon Holmes at the Royal London Hospital did my orbital repair and he put in something thicker and sturdier so it cant break. He was great.
Ive now just got the height discrepancy between my eyes. Hes going to do my next surgery on 6 December so that the eyes are realigned. He believes he can get me back. I may have to change my style to compensate but I would cut my leg off to box again. Fingers crossed one more surgery and Ill be back.
Ogogo must have believed on many occasions he would never fight again? No. I just thought: How are my eyes going to get better? The How? was so big. There have been some very dark moments. I went to the gym the first time after surgery and tried to punch the heavy bag. I missed it completely.
That shocking lack of vision forced Ogogo to seek the help of an eminent surgeon in the US. He also has found the strength to persevere because he has grown used to adversity. Six weeks before London 2012 his mother nearly died after a brain haemorrhage. When people ask me about the Olympics Ive got a generic answer because they want to hear how good it was. I go: Yeah, it was great. But it was the worst time in my life. When they said: Were going to turn off her life support machine, I was speechless which for me is tough.
Ogogo smiles at his talkative nature before explaining how he insisted on her life-saving transfer to Addenbrookes hospital where his mum was restored finally to good health. But on his first day back in training, just weeks before the Olympics, Ogogo cracked a rib. He was then drawn against the world No1 middleweight Ievgen Khytrov of Ukraine in the second round.
Despite his rib, and not eating and sleeping properly while worrying about his mum, Ogogo beat Khytrov and won two other fights at London 2012. He was still bitterly disappointed to lose in the semi-finals to Brazils Esquiva Falc?o Florentino. It still hurts now. I know this sounds nasty and people would give their left arm for an Olympic medal but to me its a piece of shit because it should have been a gold. Hopefully one day Ill look back on it as a real achievement. Five years on its still too raw.
Signed by Oscar De La Hoya as a pro, Ogogo seemed destined for a glittering career. But he has had only 12 fights in four and a half years. He was out for a whole year with a damaged achilles. On his return in July 2015, fighting Ruslan Schelev in Germany, his shoulder was dislocated. I was in the corner, my left arm dangling. I put it on my knee and wiggled it back in the socket. It was still useless. I knew if I threw it again it would come out totally. The next four rounds I fought with one arm. I still won easily. But I had to get a [surgical] bone-block in Womens Bob Feller Jersey my arm. When I woke up the pain was unbelievable. My right arm was so withered it took 10 months of hard work to get better.
Ogogo won his next three fights before the bleak night against Cunningham. His love for boxing, somehow, endures. I fell for boxing the moment I walked into the gym. The smells and the pictures of Muhammad Ali on the wall hooked me. I didnt know whether Id http://www.officialauthenticseahawksshop.com/Nike-Kj-Wright-Jersey.html be any good but I wouldve been happy being a spit-bucket boy.Ive said before, I dont care if takes 10 eye surgeries, Im going to box again. Im now hoping the next one, the fourth one, is the last because Ive got no money left. They will do the final fixing of the eye muscle when Im awake so I can tell him what Im seeing. After three weeks my brain will assimilate the new eye position and I should spar hopefully in January.
My biggest dream is to win Sports Personality of the Year. Ive been invited again this year but Im not going because Im not where I want to be in life. I think Joshua will win it next month. Ill be happy for him because hes a nice dude. Im a few years behind him now but I still want to win it one day. That drives me on because I dont want to be a bitter old man who didnt achieve what he wanted. Im more determined than ever to keep fighting.
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