Anthony Ogogo and Oti Mabuse's first meeting did NOT go well...let's hope it doesn't affect his performance!

Strictly Come Dancing isn’t getting off to a great start for Anthony Ogogo. First, he had to defend his decision to do Strictly from angry Twitter fans who thought it wasn’t in the spirit of his usual profession – boxing. (FYI, he’s got an injury, and chose to do Strictly while it heals enough for him to box again. So there.)

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Now, he’s revealed that his professional dance partner, Oti Mabuse, took something of an instant dislike to him. Oh dear – let’s hope she doesn’t choreograph any particularly painful moves for him!

‘When we got partnered up I said to Oti, “Did you like me when you first met me?”‘ he told The Sun. ‘And she said, ‘No, not really, you look like an a******e!’

Well, at least she was honest, we suppose? Poor Ant then enquired whether he ‘had an a******e look about [him]’, and admitted the pair ‘didn’t make friends’ at first. Let’s hope things have thawed out a bit now they’re rehearsing together!

Anthony is no stranger to reality TV, having appeared in Splash and the short-lived Celebrity Big Brother spin-off, Celebrity Hijack, in 2008. We hope his Achilles tendon injury – which has plagued him throughout his boxing career – doesn’t hinder his dancing, and that he and Oti manage to make up in time for the first show!