Former boxer Andy Gatenby in challenge on BBC’s The One Show

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HE’S a veteran of dozens of bouts and has run 10 marathons in a week, but is he a match for audience members of the BBC’s The One Show?

Retired boxer Andy Gatenby, from Fratton, will take on the public in a challenge on tonight’s programme at 7pm.

Andy, 28, who is recording the show today, said the challenge was a spin off from BBC 2’s Ultimate Hell Week, in which he is currently appearing.

He said he expected the challenge to be plenty of fun.

Andy said: ‘They are putting a really difficult course outside the studio and they are going to have members of the public complete it.

‘Then they are going to get me out there afterwards and see if I can complete it and beat their time.’

‘I’ll grind it out. It will be a laugh, whatever happens.’

Viewers of this Sunday’s Ultimate Hell Week will see Andy introduced as a contestant on the show, which pushes 29 of the UK’s fittest men and women pushed beyond their mental and physical limits by battle-hardened veterans from the world’s toughest special forces.

Andy said: ‘It was an experience of a lifetime, the most difficult thing I’ve ever done.

‘The challenge on this Sunday’s show is, hand on my heart, the closest I’ve ever come to death.

‘I nearly drowned on there.’

Andy said he was given 24-hours to prepare for The One Show challenge. He said the past day’s training itself had been intense as he had reverted to a diet of ‘beer and crisps’ since filming finished on the Ultimate Hell Week.