Lowestoft boxer Anthony Ogogo dedicates waltz on Strictly Come Dancing to his fiancée Casey Wicks

Anthony Ogogo. Picture: Ian West/PA Wire

Anthony Ogogo. Picture: Ian West/PA Wire - Credit: PA

'It was OK, but not a KO.'

Anthony Ogogo with his dance partner Otlile Mabuse. Picture: Ray Burmiston/BBC/PA Wire.

Anthony Ogogo with his dance partner Otlile Mabuse. Picture: Ray Burmiston/BBC/PA Wire. - Credit: PA

That was the reaction of judge Len Goodman when assessing Lowestoft boxer Anthony Ogogo's second routine on Strictly Come Dancing.

He vowed to 'try even harder' to improve his score, and after scoring 21 points – which left him in ninth place on the leaderboard after the first week – Anthony scored 19 points on the BBC One show tonight (Saturday).

And while he did not quite deliver a knockout waltz, the boxer's dance partner Oti Mabuse said: 'He worked hard and we will get better.'

After a wardrobe malfunction led to Anthony splitting his trousers halfway through his lively jive to Wham's Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go last Friday, Mr Ogogo and Oti waltzed to 'If You Don't Know Me By Now' by Simply Red on tonight's show.


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Reviewing his first performance on Twitter, Mr Ogogo said: 'Sorry I didn't get a very high score. Next week I'll try even harder.'

Speaking during rehearsals, before tonight's performance, Mr Ogogo said: 'Before the show I was petrified but I got through it relatively unscathed and I was over the moon.'

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During rehearsals, Anthony's fiancée Casey Wicks surprised the 26-year-old in an effort to unleash Anthony's romantic side ahead of his waltz – and Mr Ogogo said: 'As long as I think of Casey I will be ready.'

Assessing the dance tonight, judges Craig Revel Horwood, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Darcey Bussell said Anthony needed to work 'really hard' on his footwork and 'finesse.'

After the waltz, Anthony dedicated the dance to Casey, who was looking on in the audience, for 'supporting him from the very beginning.'

One of the 15 pairs will be voted out on tomorrow's (Sunday) show, which starts at 7.15pm. If Mr Ogogo successfully progresses through to next week's show, he is due to dance a Paso Doble.

Check back on this website tomorrow for the latest Strictly update.

? See Monday's EDP and Friday's Lowestoft Journal for a full report and more pictures.

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