Great Britain Olympic medal hopes Anthony Joshua and Anthony Ogogo secured their places in the quarter-finals of their respective weight classes as Britain’s impressive start to London 2012 continued.
Joshua was favourite with many to find a way past Cuban Erislandy Savon, however Ogogo was up against the middleweight world number one in Evhen Khytrov and looked hard-pushed to make the final eight.
Super-heavyweight Joshua struggled to find top gear as he drifted towards the last eight despite shipping two big right hands in the dying seconds which looked like it could cost the Finchley born pugilist.
Joshua was relieved to prevail 17-16.
The major story, however, was Ogogo who had seemed destined to miss out on the Olympics completely after a major shoulder injury, and had a monumental task against the Ukranian 26-year-old.
After three sessions the pair were locked at 18-18 and Ogogo only prevailed after each of three judges who had scored the contest level were asked to pick an outright winner.
“I just believed in myself and that’s all you have to do. I want to inspire people, that’s what the Olympics is all about for me. I want to inspire the next generation and tell them that if you believe in yourself, you can do better things” said the 23-year-old.
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