Ogogo battles into quarter-final

06 August 2012 / 22:43

Anthony Ogogo joined Luke Campbell and Nicola Adams in guaranteeing a boxing medal for Great Britain with a 15-10 win over Germany's Stefan Hartel in the middleweight quarter-finals at ExCeL tonight.

Ogogo battled well against a tough opponent who had some success with right hands in the opening round, but the Lowestoft man's solid guard and crisp counter-shots gave him an early 5-2 advantage on the judges' cards.

Ogogo extended his lead by a further point as he produced the cleaner work in the third, a right and left combination stopping the German in his tracks, although Hartel reminded Ogogo of his danger with a right hand in the dying seconds.

Roared on by another capacity crowd, Ogogo succeeded in largely repelling the German's advances in the third and final round, tying him up in clinches as Hartel bulled forward, swinging shots, then unloading a pair of big right hands in the final moments.