Anthony Ogogo broke down in tears as he faced up to the likelihood that he will never boxing again after yet another operation on his eye.
The London 2012 bronze medalist suffered suffered a fractured eye socket during his defeat by Craig Cunningham two years ago and has since spent his career earnings seeking out the best care.
He flew to Boston last week for one final surgery and after his last operation, the 29-year-old posted a series of videos on Twitter expressing his frustration and pain.
"That wasn’t pleasant, that was horrible," he said. "I just had my eye muscles adjusted five days after surgery.
"This guy is one of the only people on the planet who does it a week later hence I sought him out.
"My entire career has been pain and operations and that was the tip of the iceberg. I can’t keep doing this. Every time I thought I was getting back, something else happened. When can I do what I love to do and just box?
"I don’t want to be here anymore, I want to be in a boxing ring becoming world champion. I’m a positive person, I always look on the bright side of things but two years of kicks in the stomach and I’m running out of positive things to look at.
"I’ve seen so many people and had so much done to these eyes that every person I see, it’s harder for them to fix. They’ve got to dig further back into my eyes and that was just horrible. I felt physically sick to the pit of my stomach.
"People see athletes in their domain, boxers in the ring celebrating fights or enjoying the fancy things they’ve earned in their careers. People don’t see this, people don’t see being thousands of miles away from home for the umpteenth time.
"So the next time you criticise a boxer, you slag him off, or if you’re a boxer and trying to get a fight, think about what you’re saying.
“This is it for me… I can’t keep chasing something that doesn’t want to be caught. Nothing else can be done anyway, this was it. Everything I’ve had done so far has been undone in this surgery.
"Mentally I can’t go through anymore. I don’t really get upset but I feel pretty upset at the minute. I’ve given this everything, I just really hope this works. Financially, every penny I’ve ever earned in boxing I’ve reinvested into paying for these operations. I couldn’t have done any more.
"I hope this isn’t the end for me. I’ve come far too far to have just come this far. I’ve travelled along a long, windy road; I’ve come too far not to get to the destination but nothing else can be done.
"Even if it could, I don’t have the energy to travel to another country or find another surgeon or find another £20,000 for another operation that might not work. I just cant do it anymore.
"I hope this video of me sitting in Boston children’s hospital isn’t the end of my career but I feel f****** low; I feel as low as I have throughout my career. I hope this is the turning point; they say its not until you hit rock bottom that you can bounce back up.
"I get to finally come home today which I’m thrilled about, its been a long week here on my own getting my eyes poked around.
"This morning my right eye is a bit more tender and a bit sore because I had it poked around with yesterday. [The left one] is pretty shut again which is a bit annoying.
"I’m back to see the doctor today and we’ll make a decision about what we’re going to do, but either way I’m going to Logan airport and I’m flying home and I’ll land in London tomorrow morning."
Ogogo looked set for a bright career in the paid ranks following his Olympics display six years ago.
He was signed by prestigious American promoter Golden Boy and won his first 11 fights despite battling shoulder and Achilles injuries.
Ogogo was pulled out in the eighth round against Cunningham and later admitted his eye had "exploded" in the opening round.
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