Harrison hopes for a turn in fortunes

AUDLEY HARRISON and Danny Williams are the star names in the latest of Matchroom Sport s intriguing Prizefighter competitions at York Hall, on October 2. Promoter Barry Hearn boasts he will parade the most exciting crop of British heavyweights ever assemb

AUDLEY HARRISON and Danny Williams are the star names in the latest of Matchroom Sport's intriguing Prizefighter competitions at York Hall, on October 2.

Promoter Barry Hearn boasts he will parade the most exciting crop of British heavyweights ever assembled under one roof, writes LEN WHALEY.

Both fighters put their careers on the line in "Heavyweights III" - which features former British, Commonwealth and European champions going for glory.

Repton's former Olympic gold medal hero Harrison, now aged 37, will be looking to resurrect his career yet one more time alongside British Heavyweight Champion Danny Williams, as they step up to the Prizefighter plate.


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"I'm looking forward to competing in the next installment of Prizefighter," said Harrison, last seen losing a points verdict to former Prizefighter winner Martin Rogan, at the ExCel Arena in Docklands last December.

"I've been waiting for a solid opportunity to return to the ring, and I intend to show my career is far from over.

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"I have history with most of the fighters competing and I couldn't have written a better script for my return.

"When I retire, I will tell my story of why my career faltered, but I truly have found my passion again for boxing," Harrison added, from his training base in California.

Peacock Gym-trained Williams is delighted at the possibility of avenging a previous defeat at the hands of Harrison: "When I was first asked to be part of this year's Prizefighter, as British Heavyweight Champion, I wasn't sure," he said.

"But when I heard that a certain celebrity boxer would be involved, I knew I had to be part of it," said Williams, with an obvious swipe in Harrison's direction.

The pair will have plenty of competition in former British and Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion Michael Sprott, who will also be looking to rejuvenate his career.

Former British Champions Scott Gammer and Michael Holden are also booked for action.

Coleman Barrett, 26-year-old and undefeated, will be looking to give his career a boost at the expense of his more illustrious rivals, while Danny Hughes, another undefeated prospect, is looking to do the same.

Making up the eight for York Hall is Scott Belshaw, who will be looking to emulate the feat of fellow Ulsterman Rogan who won the inaugural Prizefighter title.

With seven three-by-three-minute-round fights, the show follows Prizefighter's explosive all-in-one-night concept with an �80,000 prize fund - the highest in Prizefighter history - and the whole show will be screened live on Sky Sports from 8pm on Friday, October 2.

"We're certainly looking to raise the bar here for future Prizefighter events, and all of these fighters are desperate to win this title," said promoter Hearn, never slow to beat the publicity drum.

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