Lawrence proves he is a big knock out in the Black Chair

Mastermind winner Lawrence Cook, right, with Ewen MacIntosh, one of the stars of hit comedy series The Office.
Mastermind winner Lawrence Cook, right, with Ewen MacIntosh, one of the stars of hit comedy series The Office.

A Market Rasen man has shown he is an ‘upper cut’ above the rest when it comes to taking part in quizzes - even when they are on TV.

Anyone watching last Friday’s Mastermind heats on BBC2 would have seen Lawrence Cook from Lady Frances Drive take his place in the black chair.

The 44-year-old organic chemist chose World Heavyweight Boxing 1960 to 2000 as his specialist subject.

“I have always been interested in boxing and the heavyweights especially - they have always been the main men throughout time,” said Lawrence.

And Lawrence showed he wasn’t punching above his weight by finishing his round with 11 points and no passes.

This left him in second place, just one point behind the leader, going into the general knowledge round.

But Lawrence took it in his stride and topped this round to finish on 23 points and win the heat.

“It was an absolutely fabulous day,” added Lawrence.

“Six heats of the show were filmed on the day - we were number four.

“And the Salford studios are fantastic, much better than the old TV centre.”

But Lawrence is no stranger to television quizzes.

Back in 2010, along with wife Karen, he took part in the BBC1 teatime programme ‘Pointless’, getting to the penultimate head to head round.

Lawrence will be back on our screens around March time for the semi-final stage of Mastermind.

Could you have answered these?

Lawrence Cook showed his heavyweight boxing knowledge by answering 11 of his 14 questions correctly in the Mastermind heat.

And what’s more, he also managed to complete his specialist round with no passes.

Here are the questions that stumped our local quiz man.

Without looking them up - could you answer any of them?

Whom did Joe Frazier beat for the vacant WBC title in February 1970 to become the undisputed world champion?

Which American boxer did Floyd Patterson knock down more than eight times in his second defence of his title in December 61 before the fight was stopped in round four after the last knock down?

Michael Moorer fought Axel Shulz for the vacant IBF title in June 96 in which city’s Westfalen Stadion?

So how did you do?

The answers are Jimmy Ellis, Tom McNeilly and Dortmund.

Has Lawrence’s Mastermind 
appearance inspired you to sign up for a quiz show?

The Rasen Mail team would love to hear from you.