The dream goes on for Audley

THE WORLD heavyweight title dream goes on for Audley Harrison, after he vowed to gatecrash the boxing big-time, by winning the European heavyweight championship in April. The 38-year-old former Olympic hero, brought his career back to life by triumphing

THE WORLD heavyweight title dream goes on for Audley Harrison, after he vowed to "gatecrash the boxing big-time," by winning the European heavyweight championship in April.

The 38-year-old former Olympic hero, brought his career back to life by triumphing in Prizefighter Heavyweights 3 in October, and will now meet Poland's Albert Sosnowski for the European belt.

Repton's former gold medallist hopes that the fight, scheduled to take place on April 9 at north London's Alexandra Palace, leads to a shot at the world title.

"Albert Sosnowski represents a difficult challenge for me and I know he wants to keep his crown he won in December against Paolo Vidoz," said Harrison.

"I was impressed by Sosnowski's fitness and pressure. I'll need to be at the top of my game if I'm to be successful.

"He has only lost twice before in 48 fights, but that tells me he can be beaten.

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"I have enough time to get my preparations right - no excuses, this is it! I will be giving it my all to rip away the European title and gatecrash the big-time.

"David Haye and the Klitschko brothers will be within my sights if I can get a victory and that's enough motivation for me to lay it all on the line.

"I am so happy to have agreed terms with Matchroom Sport and truly feel this opportunity will lead me to a world title this year."

Harrison's career appeared to be over in December 2008 with a shock defeat against Martin Rogan, but the former Repton favourite, who won an Olympic gold eight years earlier, responded in fine style.

He claimed impressive victories over Scott Belshaw and previously-undefeated duo Danny Hughes and Coleman Barrett to win Prizefighter.

"Forget the past, the dream is still very much alive for Audley," commented Matchroom Sport managing director Eddie Hearn.

"Albert represents a tough challenge, but the winner puts himself right in line for a World title shot."

Sosnowski, who is based in Brentwood, Essex, but originally hails from Warsaw, Poland, claimed the title with an emphatic points victory over Italian Paolo Vidoz in December.

However, 30-year-old Sosnowski is best known for a shock stoppage win in 2008 over Harrison's long-term rival Danny Williams, the current British champion.

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