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Audley gets one more shot at the big time

Just when you thought it was safe to go near a boxing ring again, Audley Harrison is back. The man who calls himself A-Force will attempt to prove he is not a spent force when he returns to the ring.

Harrison will climb back into a ring on Saturday for the first time since his humiliating defeat to David Haye in November 2010, whom himself brought fresh shame to boxing with his public brawl with Derek Chisora.

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Harrison: I'll retire if I lose

Audley Harrison insists he will hang up his gloves for good if he cannot beat Ali Adams. Harrison, 40, has not been seen in a boxing ring since his limp performance against former WBA heavyweight world champion David Haye last November.

The Olympic gold medallist was urged to retire after being crushed inside three rounds by the Hayemaker. But he vowed to give it one last crack and went some way to rebuilding his image by impressing on BBC TV programme Strictly Come Dancing.

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Audley ready to take on Ali Adams

Former Olympic gold medallist Audley Harrison is on the verge of accepting a formal offer from promoter Stephen Goodwin to face Iraq-born Londoner Ali Adams in what would be his first fight since losing a world title tilt to David Haye in November 2010.

The 40 year-old, who appear on BBC TV show Strictly Come Dancing during his time away from boxing, is mulling over the offer following a Twitter exchange with both men last night and although Adams is pencilled in to fight on March 10th, is ready to accept what he says is an offer for April 14th.

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Robbie and Natalie's Sleepover Party

Strictly Come Dancing star Robbie Savage spent the night with professional ­dancer Natalie Lowe in a top hotel but said: “It was just a ­sleepover party.”

Married Robbie, 37, and Australian Natalie, 31, met at the five-star Sanderson in London last month. The former Wales international midfielder says the party in his ­bedroom was a ­belated birthday bash and ­included a number of other guests.

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Audley would have quit to save Anita

Boxer Audley Harrison said he would have quit Strictly Come Dancing rather than deprive fellow dance-off contestant Anita Dobson of the chance to dance at Wembley next week.

Audley, 40, who was booted off the show last night after performing a ­cha-cha-cha with partner Natalie Lowe, said: “I wouldn’t have been happy to go through ahead of Anita.” Next week’s Wembley show is a special to mark Children in Need. Audley said: “I might have had to pull out because I know how much she wants to go to it.”

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Strictly will make me cha-cha-champion

Boxer Audley Harrison reckons his time on Strictly will make him a knockout when he returns to the ring. The heavyweight — humiliated in a world title bout against David Haye last year — was axed from the BBC1 show last night.

But he said his ballroom workouts mean he's on top form and fighting fit. Audley, 40, said: "That gives me some encouragement that I can go back to boxing next year with my juices revitalised.

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Audley Harrison exits Strictly

Audley Harrison has finally been knocked out of Strictly Come Dancing after landing in the bottom two for the fourth time - thus missing out on the chance to appear on next Saturday's Wembley Arena show.

The boxer, who partnered Natalie Lowe, had previously seen off competition from Edwina Currie, Nancy dell'Olio and Lulu However his luck finally ran out on Sunday's show when he found himself in the bottom two alongside Anita Dobson and Robin Windsor.

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Audley: I'll unleash my Fury

Audley Harrison has set his sights on Tyson Fury as he plots one final crack at redemption. Harrison landed just one punch during his limp three-round performance against former WBA heayweight champion David Haye.

While he has not been seen in a boxing ring since that fateful night last November, the Olympic gold medallist has rebuilt his standing with the general public during a successful stint on BBC show Strictly Come Dancing.

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David Haye backs Audley to win

Audley Harrison has won unlikely support in his bid to win Strictly Come Dancing – from old rival David Haye.

The former world champ has been tuning in every week to watch A-Farce in action and is impressed.

Haye said: "I've been texting him before every show. I knew he had rhythm but didn't think he could perform a choreographed dance. He's surprisingly nimble for an 18-stone man."

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Audley’s wife is Strictly furious with Natalie

Audley Harrison's wife has had a furious bust-up with the boxer's Strictly dancing partner Natalie Lowe. Raging Raychel blamed the Aussie for landing her hubby in the bottom two at the weekend.

In a Strictly version of the 1974 Ali v Foreman Rumble in the Jungle, onlookers watched aghast after the recording of Sunday's results show as she ranted about the dancer's moves.

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Audley's Savage Rob Revenge

Boxer Audley Harrison has revealed how he gave fellow contestant Robbie Savage a few jabs – after he ribbed him about his fight with David Haye.

Harrison, who was stopped in round three of his bout with former world champion Haye last November, is now preparing to get back in the ring for one last shot at the title.

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Chelsee & Natalie in interesting practice shoes

Strictly Come Dancing hopeful Chelsee Healey has been rehearsing her moves in her fluffy slippers - because her heels are leaving her in agony.

Like a number of the celebrities taking part, she has been struggling to perfect her routines while tottering around in her dancing shoes. To give her aching toes a break, she has been accompanying partner Pasha Kovalev in more comfortable footwear.


 

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Audley labelled Shrek

Audley Harrison has been dubbed Shrek by Strictly Come Dancing partner Natalie Lowe - and the boxer is none too happy about it.

The 2000 Olympic super heavyweight champion has size 17 feet and stands 6ft 6ins tall, leading his professional partner to compare him to the green-skinned cartoon ogre.

But Audley, 39, was not impressed by the trash talk. He said: "OMG! Natalie called me Shrek - she says I'm her Shrek.


 

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Audley facing another early KO

Alan Dudman's betting brain is looking loose, limber and lithe for another series of Strictly Come Dancing and he forecasts more public embarrassment for Audley Harrison

It's sequins and spandex time ladies and gentlemen, as the ninth series of BBC1's flagship show Strictly Come Dancing kicks-off properly this Friday, plus a Saturday shindig, and the results programme on the Sunday. Enough time surely for part-human/part-robot Tess Daly to recharge for each evening of the weekend extravaganza?

The 14 contestants will be split over the weekend, with seven dancing on Friday and the other seven the day after. Each pairing have either the Waltz or the Cha Cha Cha and, if you are looking for an exit bet for the first round, target the men tackling the latter. The women with the Waltz will get an easier ride - all will be explained later.

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Audley wants slim down on Strictly

Audley Harrison has said he wants to lose weight and get fit on this year's series of Strictly Come Dancing. The boxer has been paired with professional dancer Natalie Lowe for the competition.

However, he admitted that he has not been training much for the last year and has put on weight but insisted he will be slimmer by the time of the first performance on September 30.

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Leak may see Audley back out

Rumours in a national newspaper about an appearance by boxer Audley Harrison on Strictly Come Dancing may cause the former European heavyweight champion to back out of a possible place on the hit BBC show.

The 39 year-old had been reported in today’s Sun to be a likely participant in the dance contest alongside footballer Robbie Savage, former Politician Edwina Curry and actress Holly Valance, but now the story is out in the open, the former world title challenger may reconsider any decision to appear after a largely negative response.

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