A year after the Hayemaker Audley is set for second knockout blow
It’s 10.25pm on Saturday 13th November 2010, and Audley Harrison sits dejectedly in the corner of a boxing ring in Manchester after being knocked out by David Haye in their pay-per-view WBA title fight.
Exactly one year on, and Harrison could well be experiencing feelings of deja-vu as he contemplates another crushing loss in front of millions of prime-time television viewers.
Just like last year – when his opponent was 1/4 odds on to beat him – the odds don’t bode well for the former Olympic gold medallist, following successive weeks finding himself in the bottom two with partner Natalie Lowe.
Two weeks ago he found himself in a Halloween head-to-head with Nancy Dell’Olio in the final two, while last week he was again saved when Lulu and Brendan Cole were instead given the boot.
But with a tricky Cha Cha Cha to Stevie Wonder’s ‘Uptight’ on the cards this evening, he is likely to once again find himself on the ropes, particularly as fellow flat-footed mover Russell Grant seems to have claimed the John Sargeant-role of loveable clutz with the watching public.
His odds of 4/6 to become the sixth celeb eliminated from this year’s competition suggest he is unlikely to dodge a potent combination of judge and public critique, particularly as the second favourite Anita Dobson – dancing the Argentine Tango – is way out at 5/1.
McFly’s Harry Judd remains the 15/8 favourite to become the 2011 champion.