British boxer David Haye has been shortlisted for this years BBC Sports Personality of the year award 2010.

Haye is being considered for the award after making two defenses of his WBA heavyweight title against John Ruiz in April and the third round blow out of Audley Harrison.

The BBC have picked Haye on the shorlist for being the ‘heavyweight champion of the world’ which apparently still holds some clout with the BBC who have in recent times shunned professional boxing from their coverage.

Ten sportsmen and women from across the Britain, representing nine very different sports, make up the shortlist for BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2010 – to be broadcast on BBC One on Sunday 19 December, from 7-9pm.

This year, the live event will take place at Birmingham’s LG Arena and is the biggest in the show’s history.

BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2010 shortlist (and odds)
  • Tony McCoy 8/11
  • Graeme McDowell 9/2
  • Lee Westwood 8/1
  • Phil Taylor 9/1
  • Jessica Ennis 16/1
  • Amy Williams 16/1
  • Tom Daley 20/1
  • Graeme Swann 40/1
  • David Haye 40/1
  • Mark Cavendish 50/1
These 10 sportsmen and women will now compete for the public vote on the night of the live show.

The public will be able to vote for their BBC Sports Personality of the Year by telephone – details of the numbers to vote on will be given out during the programme.

The shortlist of 10 contenders was put together by a panel of 30 sports editors from national and regional newspapers and magazines.

Details of the sports editors’ votes can be seen on the Sports Personality website at at 7.30pm on 29 November.

The live show will be presented by Sue Barker, Gary Lineker and Jake Humphrey.
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