Boxer has opponents on the ropes in A Question of Sport appearance
PUBLISHED: 18:10 25 January 2018 | UPDATED: 11:02 26 January 2018
Despite being more accustomed to outwitting opponents with hand speed and agility, a boxer proved he has brains as well as brawn on one of the nation’s favourite quiz shows.
Middleweight boxer Anthony Ogogo, who hails from Lowestoft and won an Olympic bronze medal in 2012, appeared on A Question of Sport last night and proved that his talents are not just in the ring.
Like many sporting fanatics, Ogogo always wanted to be on the show when he was a boy and is now lucky enough to have rubbed shoulders with fellow stars five times.
Having first been broadcast in 1970, A Question of Sport is now something of a British institution and the 29-year-old says he relishes every moment of being involved.
“I was first on the show in 2012 after winning bronze in London,” he said. “That was obviously an amazing time for me, but one of the highlights was being asked to go on A Question of Sport.
“When I was younger I dreamt of being on there, and now the dream is to be a team captain myself!
“Matt, Tuffers and Sue are so funny together, plus it’s amazing that they film several a day and manage to sustain their energy.”
It was in the ‘On the Buzzer’ round that Ogogo really exhibited his pedigree, beating opponents to the punch on Liverpool’s Champions League Final comeback in Istanbul and the US men’s basketball team of 1992.
He admits that he competes in a sport that is perhaps not famed for intellect, but when it comes to sport it’s a different ball game.
“Boxers aren’t typically the most intelligent people,” Ogogo added. “You’ve got to be of a certain mindset to go into a ring and get punched in the head.”
“For me, there’s plenty of things I don’t know, but if there’s one thing I know and like then it’s sport.”
“Even if it’s something obscure, when there’s sport on TV I’ll watch it.”
As for the armchair players who fancy themselves as sporting geniuses, Ogogo says there’s no comparison to actually being in the studio.
“People watching at home - myself included - will always say ‘that’s easy,’” he said.
“But what people don’t realise is that you’ve got dozens of cameras and lights fixed on you, as well as 500 people watching - the pressure is immense!”