Hopeful Harrison’s still chasing dream
STILL hoping, Audley Harrison admits he has failed to fulfil his potential after winning Olympic gold in 2000, but believes victory at Friday s Prizefighter Heavyweights III will bring new life to his career. The eight-man, one-night, heavyweight event ta
STILL hoping, Audley Harrison admits he has failed to fulfil his potential after winning Olympic gold in 2000, but believes victory at Friday's Prizefighter Heavyweights III will bring new life to his career.
The eight-man, one-night, heavyweight event takes place at the ExCel Centre in Newham's Docklands on Friday and the draw, which was made by former undisputed World Heavyweight Champion Mike Tyson, sets up what could be a final showdown between Harrison and British champion Danny Williams.
The pair have already clashed twice at the same Arena, with Harrison winning on a third-round TKO in 2006 after losing a split points decision to Williams a year earlier.
"I had plans to be the Heavyweight Champion of the World in four or five years and it has not gone the way I wanted, but ultimately I still believe I'm going to achieve that goal," said former Repton hero Harrison, now living in the USA.
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Williams does not deny his burning desire to crush Harrison, if they meet in the final with the �32,000 winners prize at stake.
"There is one reason why I am entering Prizefighter - and that reason is Audley Harrison," said the south Londoner, who could be stripped of his British title if he loses in Friday's competition, with eight heavyweight hopefuls sharing more than �80,000 between them.
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However, Harrison argues: "If Danny is opposing me in the final, I am confident that, despite his relentless urge to crush me, I will win."
The former Repton favourite turned pro in a blaze of publicity backed by a lucrative contract with the BBC following his Olympic triumph nine years ago.
However, after early wins, his form faded and, following the Williams setback, he has been beaten by American Dominick Guinn, Reading's Michael Sprott and Belfast slugger Martin Rogan.
At the age of 37, 'A-Force' still hopes to prove his career has a bright future as well as a golden past, but he must sparkle on Friday night.
The quarter-final draw is: Scott Gammer (Wales) v Coleman Barrett (Ireland), Danny Williams (Brixton) v Carl Baker (Sheffield), Audley Harrison (London/California) v Scott Belshaw (Ireland), Neil Perkins (Birmingham) v Danny Hughes (Sunderland).
Tickets are available from Matchroom Sport on 01277 359900. The event will be screened live on Sky Sports, starting at 9pm on Friday night.