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“My eye basically exploded!” – Anthony Ogogo describes horrendous year ahead of career-saving surgery

Anthony Ogogo will undergo career-saving eye surgery in the US as he battles to keep alive his dream of becoming a world champion.

The middleweight, 28, has not boxed since his unbeaten record came to a shuddering halt against Craig Cunningham last October.

Injury-plagued Ogogo, who claimed Olympic bronze at London 2012, was pulled out in the eighth round by trainer Tony Sims when it became clear his sight was impaired.

It later emerged a fractured left eye socket had been the root of the problem, leaving his vision badly blurred.

Ogogo told Mirror Sport: “It’s been horrendous — it’s like groundhog day. I’ve spent the last five years telling people how rubbish things are and how unlucky I’ve been with injuries.

Anthony Ogogo v Craig Cunningham WBC International Middleweight Title
Ogogo came unstuck against Craig Cunningham

“But this has been by the far the worst year of my life in that respect. It really has been horrible.

“I just want to box so much and show the world how good I can be. I’ve never been able to do that because of injuries — that’s the hardest thing.

“In round one against Cunningham we clashed, probably a forearm hit me, and it turns out my eye basically exploded.

“I had a scan after the fight and it showed multiple fractures. My eye was twisted and contorted.

“Every time I was getting a whack, the eye wasn’t protected and the vision was horrendous.”

Having previously overcome long-standing Achilles problems and a dislocated shoulder, Ogogo has already had surgery in an attempt to restore full vision.

But he has now put his faith in the hands of surgeons in the US.

Ogogo is heading to the home of the NFL for surgery in the USA

Ogogo, speaking after an NFL Combine training session to mark the launch of EA SPORTS Madden NFL 18, added: “My eye is still not quite right, so I decided to go over to America for treatment.

“I’m relatively confident an op in America will do the job and get me back.

“Going to America to get this fixed shows how much my career means to me. That’s how much I want to become a world champion.

“The plan is to have surgery this month and fingers crossed that will be it.

“Hopefully I’ll be able to box again towards the end of the year or January. Then I can finally, finally show the world just how good I can be.

“But until that time I’m in the gym every day working hard. I’m doing everything I can to try and make my return to to the ring.

“I’m 28 now but I’m probably the freshest 28-year-old around because of the time I’ve lost through injuries.

“Hopefully I can use the pain of a tough year to my advantage and be a better boxer when I do come back.”

EA SPORTS Madden NFL 18 is out now on Xbox One and PS4. Visit www.easports.com/madden-nfl for details.

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