2012 Olympic middleweight bronze medalist Anthony Ogogo, out of action since a shock loss to Craig Cunningham in 2016, has released a lengthy statement announcing his retirement from boxing. Ogogo claims that despite seven eye operations, they are “too damaged for [him] to safely return to the boxing ring.”
Ogogo made his professional debut in 2013, less than a year after reaching the semifinals in London. He enjoyed a slow rise through the ranks before challenging the 16-1 Cunningham in his first real step up. Cunningham, a 20-1 underdog, wound up dominating Ogogo until the latter’s corner waved it off in the eighth round.
Ogogo complained of blurred vision in the fight, which you can see turned out to be a lot more serious than expected. According to him, that’s not even the half of it.
I’ve been injured for a combined period of 6 years and 4 months as a result of: 3 shoulder dislocations, shattered eye sockets, broken bones, and damaged ligaments and tendons. All in all, I’ve had 17 operations and dedicated myself to intensive rehab, whilst watching friends and peers fulfil their dreams as mine dwindled.
He ends his career 11-1 (7 KO). Best of luck, Anthony.