Punters back Froch in Tumble show

Louis Smith who is to showcase his medal-winning skills - along with other Team GB gymnasts - with a performance to launch BBC1 series Tumble.

Louis Smith who is to showcase his medal-winning skills - along with other Team GB gymnasts - with a performance to launch BBC1 series Tumble.

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Boxer Carl Froch has seen his odds slashed for BBC1's new celebrity gymnastic show Tumble ahead of its launch today as viewers predict he could be a big-hitter.

Bookmaker William Hill said half of all the money staked on the show has been for a win by the fighter who retained his IBF and WBA super middleweight titles earlier in the year against George Groves, with his price now at 5-1, from an initial 14-1.

Actor John Partridge is the favourite to triumph in the new series, at 4-1, which will see stars tackle a variety of gymnastic disciplines, under the eye of judges such as Louis Smith and Nadia Comaneci.

Other fancied contestants include former Blue Peter host and actor Peter Duncan at 11-2. He is the oldest figure in the competition at 60, after TV fitness guru Mr Motivator - a year his senior - was forced to withdraw after dislocating a knee in training.

The new Saturday night series will also feature former Sugababe Amelle Berrabah, Lucy Mecklenburgh who features in The Only Way Is Essex and ex-Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding.

The bookmaker is giving figures of 4/6 that Tumble does not get commissioned for a second series.

"It is hard to imagine Tumble being a ratings smash but all will be revealed tonight," said Hill's spokesman Rupert Adams.

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