Hope you’re enjoying the Olympics as much as I am! It’s been an absolutely fantastic week for Team GB and we’ve done so well picking up so many gold medals, it’s really been edge of the seat stuff.
It’s been a fantastic experience for me being at London 2012 as I’ve gotten to see firsthand so many of the great achievements that we’ll remember for so long.
Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis, Andy Murray and all the winners have done the country proud and I think that it’s only going to get better! We have nine boxers from Team GB who reached the quarter finals and all of them are capable of going on and picking up some medals, they’re only one step away.
Well done to Luke Campbell and Natasha Jonas on their excellent displays in their quarter final matchups on Sunday. Both are now guaranteed at least a bronze medal and really came through when the pressure was on them. I’m sure the other guys will take inspiration from those performances. Congratulations also to John Joe Nevin who has claimed Ireland’s first medal in the competition.
I think London 2012 has brought the nation together and the athletes have fed off that. The support that Team GB has been getting has been immense and we’ve done amazing on the biggest stage of all. So much hardwork has gone into the preparations of these guys and it’s been something which they’ve worked years for so it’s great that it’s beginning to pay off.
I’ve loved taking it all in and all the TV work that I’ve been doing. Boxing is my number one priority but I’ve really enjoyed taking a bit of time out and doing some TV work. I can see myself going into something like this when I retire. I love the commentating side of things and it’s been great that I’ve had a chance to do some of the boxing with the BBC.
I’ve also bumped into a few famous faces whilst I’ve been down in London. I had the chance to meet with HRH Prince William and Kate Middleton, which was a tremendous honour. They’re enjoying the Games like all of us and have been to many of the events showing their support for Team GB.
It’s a shame that our football team didn’t have the luck in the penalty shoot out against South Korea as it would have meant the chance of playing Brazil in the semi-finals and at least a bronze.
My highlight so far is definitely Saturday night and it will take a lot to top that. Winning six gold medals in one day is certainly something we’ll be talking about for a long time. I’ve got really high hopes for our boxing team and think that there are some real jewels amongst them. Both the men’s and women’s teams have done excellent up to this point and now it’s just a case of getting through the quarters and securing a medal for themselves. After that they can then start thinking about the gold medal.
I was really impressed with Tom Stalker’s performance against the tough Indian Manoj Kumar. He fought a really smart fight. Anthony Ogogo has also looked really impressive, as have the other women competing - Nicola Adams and Savannah Marshall.
Anthony Joshua came through a really tough opening fight against the Cuban Erislandy Savon and I’m backing him to go all the way, though he’ll be up against some tough competition especially the Italian Roberto Cammarelle. Cammarelle is one of the favourites being that he’s the current champion good but Joshua beat him in the World Championships last year so he’ll take confidence from that if he has to face him.
I’m going to be down in London till the end of the Games and I’ve got a lot of things lined up till the end, so stay tuned to my Twitter and website for updates.
To Team GB - let’s keep going!
All the best