Ogogo inspired by gold medalist Farah

06 August 2012 / 23:23

Boxer Anthony Ogogo admitted shedding tears over Mo Farah's epic 10,000 metres triumph on Saturday night and said the exploits of his fellow Great Britain Olympians inspired him to guarantee a medal of his own at ExCeL.

He saw off Germany's tough Stefan Hartel 15-10 to set up a semi-final showdown against the excellent Brazilian Esquiva Falcao, who beat the Lowestoft man 17-12 in the last 16 of last year's World Championships.

Ogogo said: "I watched Mo Farah the other night and I'm a big tough boxer but I'm not scared of saying I had a tear in my eye. Seeing Mo and Jess Ennis do well inspired me and hopefully I will have inspired another athlete to do well."

Ogogo admitted he deserved a "slap on the wrist" for taking a handful of right hands in the course of his rugged win, in which he carved out a 5-2 advantage after one round and extended it by a further point at the half-way stage.

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 of his own in the final moments.

The Brit added: "I feel good but it's not enough. I've always dreamed of becoming Olympic champion, not the bronze medallist. It's a nice insurance policy but I've dreamed of being Olympic champion since I was 12 years old."

Ogogo said he was confident of beating the Brazilian second time around having previously suffered from a chronic shoulder problem which required extensive surgery and left his Olympic place hanging by a thread.

He added: "The Brazilian is one of the best fighters in the world, but every time I threw my right hand it felt like my arm was going to fall off. I'm looking forward to getting in the ring and doing a lot better next time."