Audley Harrison

Audley Harrison

Biography

Audley Harrison is a British Boxer from London.

At the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Audley became the first British fighter to win an Olympic gold medal in the superheavyweight category.

If I last in the competition, my fitness will come fairly quickly, so my inhibitions will dissipate, and I'll be twirling in my sequins without a care in the world!Audley Harrison

Career

Audley became British superheavyweight champion in 1997 and he retained the title in 1998. Later that year, he went on to win gold at the 1998 Commonwealth Games. He then doubled his gold tally when he defeated Mukhtarkhan Dildabekov at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

In May 2001, Audley began his professional career with a first round knockout victory, closely followed by several other convincing wins.

Audley carried on his winning form when he made his US debut in 2003. He then permanently relocated to the USA where he was unbeaten in 11 fights, eight of which were knockout victories.

He returned to the UK in December 2005 to face Danny Williams for the Commonwealth title. Harrison stepped in after Williams' opponent pulled out five weeks before the fight. Audley lost on a split decision.

In February 2007, Harrison was knocked out by Michael Sprott for the European Union title. Three years later Audley won the vacant EBU belt in London. He won by knockout, despite being behind on all the judges' scorecards.

Audley became the main contender for David Haye's WBA championship after he vacated his European title - he was defeated in the third round.

Background

Born and raised in Harlesden, London, Audley's first taste of boxing came when he got into a fight with a friend while at college. A friend commented that it looked like he was a professional and that inspired him to give boxing a try.

Audley now lives in L.A with his wife Raychel and his five year-old daughter, Ariella.

Trivia

Audley studied at Brunel University and graduated in 1999 with a BSc Honours degree in Sport Science with Leisure Management.

In 2001, he released his autobiography Realising the Dream.

After his Olympic medal win, Audley was awarded an MBE.


Dancing partner

Audley Harrison and Natalie Lowe

Audley Harrison is dancing with Natalie Lowe.

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Audley's progress

Week 7

Cha Cha Cha

20/40

Week 6

Viennese Waltz

27/40

Week 5

Jive

20/40

Week 4

Foxtrot

25/40

Week 3

Quickstep

24/40

Week 2

Salsa

23/40

Week 1

Waltz

20/40

Judges' comments

Alesha Dixon

High point

"I know you're working hard and I know you try and I commend you for that."

Craig Revel Horwood

Low point

"It was heavy, it was laboured, it was corpulent and I'm afraid to say, not your finest hour, darling."

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