Anthony Ogogo’s future may lie in the wrestling world, but you would be hard-pressed to have foreseen this if you knew his background.
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His performance in AEW certainly put his name on the map. Standing in his way was Cole Carter. The early stages were tense until one shot finished off the contest for good. Anthony rocked Cole with a thunderous body shot, to which the latter had no answer. Anthony stared down at Cole as the latter was in visible pain.
The referee stepped in to prevent further damage, that would have come his way. The buzz around Anthony has been justified, and his mentor Cody Rhodes welcomed his arrival into wrestling. In a statement given at the time of his signing, Cody remarked: “I’m thrilled about this signing. Anthony will be our first developmental project as a company.”
And yet, people may know that Anthony was destined for big things in another combat sport, namely boxing. His boxing background and intelligence was there from the outset. During the Olympic Games in London, where the pressure was on him to deliver in his home country, he stepped up to the plate and bagged a bronze medal.
His career continued to rise, as he turned professional soon after. And his record was equally noteworthy. In a total of 13 bouts, he amassed 12 victories with only one loss. The defeat, however, proved to be crucial. It came in the form of Craig Cunningham, who had inflicted some extensive damage. Anthony suffered from short-term blindness and bleeding in the eye.
Fearing for his well-being, he walked away from a sport that he had dedicated his whole life to. But with the wrestling world, he has shown just how much of a fighter he is. In a heartfelt statement at the time, Anthony said: “Accepting the end gracefully is part of being a professional athlete.
“Sadly, after seven operations on my eyes in two and a half years, I am forced to admit that they are too damaged for me to safely return to the boxing ring. With a heavy heart, I have to retire from professional boxing with my dreams unfulfilled.”
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