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Audley Harrison retires from boxing following first round KO loss to Deontay Wilder

1 May
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Sam Janes – Leicester

Audley “A-Force” Harrison announced today what the boxing public has known for a number of years… that his career as a heavyweight boxer was over. It seems that Deontey Wilder’s 70 second knockout put the final nails in Harrison’s coffin. After another 1st round KO on Saturday night on the undercard of Khan-Diaz, Audley announced his retirement from the fight game. He retires with a record of 31 wins (23 KO’s) and 7 losses.

Audley rose up from the Sydney Olympics with a Super-Heavyweight gold medal around his neck, and went on to win his first 17 fights on the BBC, however when the BBC television deal fell through, Harrison wandered the boxing wilderness for a number of years, and his career stalled with defeats to Danny Williams and Michael Sprott. Harrison’s lowest point came when he was outpointed by original Prizefighter winner and Belfast taxi driver Martin Rogan, ironically on the undercard of another Khan fight, against Oisin Fagan.

Audley recovered, however, by winning Barry Hearn’s Prizefighter series himself, and with a last gasp KO against old foe Sprott, ‘A-Force’ had the chance to box for a world title against Britain’s own David Haye. In a much hyped Pay-Per-View bout Haye out-classed Harrison to knock him out in 3 rounds.

Further disappointments against David Price left many assuming retirement was imminent, yet Harrison recovered to win his 2nd Prizefighter title, avenging his defeat to Martin Rogan in the semi final.

Harrison will not be missed by many British boxing fans due to his continual inability to mix it at the elite level, however Harrison deserves enormous credit for continuing to rise when many would have given up, blessed with a huge left hook Harrison was clearly a level above most domestic opponents, but lacked the chin and perhaps heart to warrant being at the top level.

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Deontay Wilder: Audley Harrison is on the menu – bon appetite!

5 Apr
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Deontay ‘Bronze Bomber’ Wilder (27-0-0, 27ko) of Tuscaloosa, Alabama will be crossing the Atlantic to take on Harlesden’s 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist Audley ‘A-Force’ Harrison (31-6-0, 23ko) in the co-featured fight that will headline the undercard on ‘The Return of the King: Khan vs. Diaz’ bill at Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield on Saturday, April 27.

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Wilder, a rising star on the American heavyweight scene, has shown his phenomenal punching prowess by blasting his way past all of his opponents. The knockout king now steps into the ring against the veteran Harrison. The pair will clash in a 12-round heavyweight showdown with the victor propelling themselves into world title contention.

“There’s nothing like the day before, the morning of and night after you’ve claimed victory,” said Wilder. “The emotion, the excitement and adrenaline rush that I have is ready to explode out of me. I’m a starving lion that’s ready to eat. On April 27 my next meal will be served; on the menu: Audley Harrison… bon appetite.

“For the many fans in England, Deontay ‘Bronze Bomber’ Wilder is coming. You’ve been waiting for this moment and now it’s here. I can’t wait to show you guys why I am the light and the way for this dark division.”

Said Harrison: “Deontay is a fast, dangerous puncher, but he has not been tested as a pro. I have lot of respect for him, so it’s not personal, but this is the door I must walk through. Lose and it’s over, win and I’m in the top ten for sure, eligible to challenge for the world title. Biggest risk, for the biggest reward. It can’t get any better than that.”

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Audley Harrison pursuing David Price and Tyson Fury, called out by Kevin Johnson

30 May

Tommy Barber – London

With ambitions of a return to domestic and continental significance, former super heavyweight gold medalist from the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Audley Harrison, hopes to capitalise on the momentum gathered from his fourth round knockout win over Ali Adams, to bank a shot at the British championship currently held by David Price, or an appearance on Channel 5 television against popular prizefighter Tyson Fury.

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Looking to salvage his career once more, Harrison hopes to land a fight with either Fury (above) or Price

Harrison stopped Adams in just four rounds at the Brentwood Centre in Essex on May 26. The 40-year-old southpaw, who currently commands a record of 28-5-0, 21ko, approached the fight in a tentative fashion, however, when he turned on the power, he proved too much for his opponent.

Not only did the Londoner secure a triumph on the night, he also exorcised the demons from his sub-par performance in his most recent outing prior – a criticism-laden third round technical knockout defeat to then WBA heavyweight world champion David Haye – in a fight that was deemed so farcical that it has been cited as the catalyst for the demise of pay-per-view in Britain.

“I know after the Haye fight people didn’t expect to see me anywhere near a ring again, but I really enjoyed myself [against Adams]. The place was packed and to have most of the crowd cheering and applauding my finish, made me feel great.

“It took strength of character and belief in myself to not throw in the towel and call it a day [after Haye but] I proved to myself I still want to be a prizefighter. The explosive way I finished off Ali Adams would be a handful for any heavyweight and I’m looking forward to building from this performance and getting myself back into the mix.”

Whilst the heavyweight division is regarded to lack quality internationally, it is one that is competitive in Britain as Haye holds the honour of being a former world champion, Dereck Chisora gave Vitali Klitschko a strong challenge earlier in the year, both Fury and Price are on the cusp of contender status and Richard Towers remains a strong undefeated prospect.

“Tyson Fury and David Price are both doing great, beating who they have in front of them and doing it in exciting fashion,” commented Harrison, who added that he will be lobbying with the British Boxing Board of Control for a title shot against Price.

“If they are not prepared to fight each other, the only other logical fight to be made is against me. If Sky Sports, or Channel 5 accepts anyone else, I think the boxing public and casual sporting fan will be genuinely disappointed. Additionally, I cannot see any other boxer who the Boxing Board can nominate for the British Title other than myself and I’ll be making my case this week.”

Should Harrison fail to secure a potentially lucrative shot at either Price or Fury, then the former Prizefighter champion could take on Kevin Johnson, who himself will compete in the eight-man tournament in June. Johnson called out Harrison, stating he would be delighted to take on the veteran when he claims the trophy that is continuously growing in prestige.

In an open message to Harrison, Johnson (26-1-1, 12ko) said: “If you are looking for a big fight, I’ll stay in the UK after I win the Prizefighter tournament next month and we can get it on. If you can get past me, you might earn that shot at another title fight. You obviously won’t get past me but I’m willing to offer you the opportunity to redeem your career. You can wait on the winner of Haye-Chisora or you can fight a real heavyweight in July or August. Look me up. I’m easy to find.”

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Harrison: I’ll give Adams a lesson in sweet science and go after Price, Fury, Banks or Mitchell

18 May

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Former Olympic champion Audley Harrison (27-5-0, 20ko) finished training camp today and spoke of his desire to launch a final assault on the heavyweight division. Audley leaves for England tomorrow, confident and focused for his bout with Ali Adams (13-3-1, 3ko) at the Brentwood Centre, Essex, on Saturday, May 26 and looked like A Force of old when sparring undefeated heavyweights Malik Scott (33-0-0, 11ko) & Joe Hanks (20-0-0, 14ko).

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“This training camp has tested my resolve to remain a prizefighter, as every injury I’ve ever had has come back to plague me in this camp, but I found that N.E.G.U (never, ever, give, up) spirit and kept it moving and turned back the clock; I feel great.”

Audley continued: “I know its dangerous to look past an opponent, especially when they’re hungry and motivated like Ali Adams, but let’s be honest, I’m in a different league… taking charge of my training camp again, allowed me to reignite the passion, hunger and desire needed to succeed and I’m back to loving my boxing.

“After I give Ali Adams a lesson in the sweet science, I’m looking for a challenge with one of the upcoming heavyweights. I’m throwing my name into the hat with David Price, Tyson Fury, Jonathan Banks or Seth Mitchell.”

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Ali Adams to call upon hypnotist’s help to knock Audley Harrison out in fourth round

5 Feb

Tommy Barber – London

Ali Adams intends to make April 14 opponent Audley Harrison sleepy, very sleepy, as he has ambitions of sparking the 2000 gold medal Olympian unconscious in the fourth round of their heavyweight clash at the Brentwood Centre in Essex and has even gone to extravagant lengths in an attempt to safeguard his chances of doing so. Adams recently confirmed that, under the advisement of his promoter, hypnotism has become a vital part of his training camp…

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Adams was a recent Prizefighter contestant, he suffered a QF loss to Matt Skelton. Credit: Gianluca (Rio) di Caro

“My promoter Steve Goodwin recommended this guru who has helped many jockeys and other sportsmen that Steve has dealt with in the past,” said Adams. “After a 15 minute session I can spar in a trance and feel no pain, it is amazing.”

Harrison (27-5-0, 20ko) represents Adams’ most high-profile opponent to date. The match-up therefore is a crossroads fight for both boxers as, by defeating a known domestic fighter like Harrison, Adams (13-3-1, 5ko) adds a big scalp to his resume. Audley, conversely, is looking to exorcise his third round blowout loss to former WBA heavyweight world champion David Haye – a defeat that still haunts him as he landed just one punch, a paltry jab, in almost nine minutes of action.

Despite Harrison’s flaws in his repertoire: his rattled confidence and his inconsistency, he retains big power in his left hand but with Adams’ claims he can be put in a trance and feel no pain he appears confident he can resist any shot thrown by the former Olympian.

He added that Harrison will be unable to handle what he throws back: “I am hitting harder than ever before and knocking people clean out in sparring after this hypnosis. It is amazing and we know that Audley will be knocked out in round four.”

Adams continued: “My hypnotist will be in my dressing room before the fight and will accompany me to the ring. Audley cannot win this fight and he has always gone on about his destiny.

“I can tell him his destiny is to be on his back on the canvas in round four in Brentwood on April 14.”

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British Beatdown: Frank Warren slams recent pay-per-view fights, Shane Mosley ‘copped his money and ran’

14 May

Petra Kirsch – Gelsenkirchen

British boxing promoter, Frank Warren, who celebrated his 30th year in the business side of the fight game last December, has lambasted recent pay-per-view fights including David Haye and Audley Harrison, Amir Khan and Paul McCloskey and also Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley’s bout last Saturday, May 7 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas.

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“It is every boxer’s dream to fight for a world title but in recent months we’ve seen too many turn up for a payday and turn in some awful performances,” Warren scathingly noted in his column at The Sun.

“Audley Harrison hardly threw a punch [he landed one jab against Haye last year] and Paul McCloskey [lost every round to Khan] disappointed in big pay-per-view fights with a world title at stake.

“And, last Saturday, Shane Mosley clearly went through the motions against Manny Pacquiao. I thought Pacquiao would win in Las Vegas but I didn’t expect Mosley to be a no-show. It’s difficult for any fighter, even the Pacman when the other guy doesn’t come to fight but merely survive.”

Warren claimed the fight that saved the Las Vegas card last weekend was battling Mexican Jorge Arce’s (pictured) winning performance against Wilfredo Vazquez Jr.

He said: “Thankfully there was a decent undercard featuring Jorge Arce against Wilfredo Vazquez Jr which turned out to be a good fight. So at least there was some value for money for US pay-per-view punters.

“Pacquiao-Mosley was a pay-per-view box office smash with estimates at a minimum of 1.2 million buyers. Mosley had a responsibility to those fans but at 39-years-old I suppose he was content to cop his money and run.

“Next up for Pacman? Juan Manuel Marquez is the name being mentioned for a third time against Manny – now he will come to fight. Although he didn’t look good against Floyd Mayweather Jr, Marquez has come back with wins of Juan Diaz and Michael Katsidis.

“The Pacman will be out again in November but the truth is it’s a real shame it won’t be against Mayweather.”

Warren has his own huge night on Saturday, May 21 as he presents Nathan Cleverly’s world title challenge against WBO World Light Heavyweight titlist Juergen Braehmer. The co-headlining bout is the highly-publicised grudge fight between Commonwealth belt holder at super middleweight George Groves and British champion James DeGale.

Such is the press fascination over the two fights (Groves and DeGale’s rivalry is said to emulate the one enjoyed between British pair Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank) that there will be international attention paid to London’s 02 Arena. It will even be broadcast on a big screen in Times Square, New York City.

Warren beamed: “There are sure to be fireworks when Cleverly takes on Braehmer and DeGale meets Groves. Those fights will be about pride, heart and desire. And I had some really good news this week that the show will be screened live in the States by Epix; a fledgling channel that has only been going for a couple of years – it’s great for boxing that more TV companies are getting involved in the sport.”

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British Beatdown: Nathan Cleverly v Jurgen Braehmer, John Murray v Kevin Mitchell, James DeGale and George Groves, Tyson Fury v Audley Harrison…

11 Feb

English boxing promoter Frank Warren this week confirmed he will be bringing a world-title bout to his card on April 2, 2011 in the nation’s capital, London, as Light Heavweight contender Nathan Cleverly challenges German southpaw Juergen Braehmer for his WBO strap at Wembley Arena.

Braehmer (36-2-0, 29ko), is a further step-up in class for the undefeated Cleverly (21-0-0, 10ko). While the Welshman has the advantage of fighting in front of a British crowd, 32-year-old champion Braehmer has a wealth of experience at his disposal having boxed a total of 187 rounds where he has picked up titles at European level on his way to WBO supremacy.

“I’m delighted that I’ve been able to secure home advantage for Nathan,” Warren is quoted to have said on his official website, frankwarren.tv. “It wasn’t cheap to get Braehmer over here, but it will be worth it because I really believe in Nathan and he has a big future ahead of him.”

Cleverly, 23, graduated from Cardiff University with a BSc in Mathematics in 2010. Prior to last summer he divided his time between his studies and his fight-game but is now fully focussed on adding a world title to a career that has already seen him pick up the British, Commonwealth and European strap.

“Nathan has worked incredibly hard for this opportunity, and waited patiently to get his shot,” Warren added. “He’s getting this fight at exactly the right time, and it could be a massive moment in his career.

“This is a huge fight. Braehmer is a proven champion and belongs at elite level, while Cleverly is young and hungry and could be the next big thing in the United Kingdom.”

Both Braehmer and Cleverly share an adversary on their fight resume. Fighting out of Wembley Arena on February 13, 2010, Cleverly defeated Antonio Brancalion (32-8-2, 8ko) in impressive style, scoring a teekayo victory in the 5th round, dropping him twice in the 4th, in order to pick up the EBU Light Heavyweight belt; a title vacated by Braehmer. The German, meanwhile, required just two minutes to dispose of Brancalion eight months prior, securing a 1st round triumph.

“I always thought that I would get my shot at Braehmer,” Cleverly said.

“I’m going to take the fight to Braehmer, walk through him and give him some serious punishment.”

Cleverly had a successive run of seven straight knockout victories interrupted with an almost lackadaisical performance against Nadjib Mohammadi last December. The Brit did just enough to score a decision victory but found it difficult to impose himself against his counterpart. However, he promised an improvement against Braehmer: “I’m going to [perform] significantly better against Braehmer than I was against Mohammedi, and I’m predicting a spectacular performance.”

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Warren recently added John Murray to his stable of fighters. Murray, 26, holds the accolade of holding the longest (current) undefeated run in British boxing having gone 30 fights without a loss, with 18 knockouts within that spell. Murray, though, will be thrown straight into action as he’s been charged with boxing Kevin Mitchell on the undercard of Cleverly’s world-title shot.

The Dagenham Destroyer will return to the ring following a near year-long hiatus. Mitchell (31-1-0) was outclassed by Australian-Greek warrior Michael Katsidis last May in West Ham United’s Boleyn Ground stadium. Katsidis smothered Mitchell with a barrage of blows and the fight was eventually stopped in the third round. Despite the loss, Mitchell remains an interesting prospect having defeated Amir Kahn’s sole conqueror Breidis Prescott.

Both boxers will be looking to make a statement. Mitchell is presented with the best domestic dust-up possible where he can look to re-affirm his status as Britain’s best Lightweight. Murray (30-0-0), meanwhile, is charged with what will likely be his toughest test yet and will be looking to preserve not only his EBU Lightweight belt, but also his WBC and IBF world ranking (3 and 13, respectively).

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Love him or hate him there is no denying the talent held by cocksure Londoner James ‘Chunky’ DeGale. The Olympian (pictured below, left, with Tony Jeffries), won gold in Beijing in 2008 and since turning professional has improved with every fight. DeGale (9-0-0, 7ko) fought four times last year, recording teekayo victories in every bout.

Against Sam Horton, in May, on the undercard of the Mitchell and Katsidis fight, DeGale treated his opponent like a sparring partner, switching his style from orthodox to southpaw before eventually winning in the 5th round. Four months later he finished off Carl Dilks (14-3-0) in the 1st round. The victory was notable as it was the first time in Dilks’ career that he had not gone the distance having lost a split decision to Charles Adamu in December, 2009, and failing to get the better of Darren Stubbs over a 3-round Prizefighter semi-final fight in February of the same year.

DeGale saved his most eyebrow-raising performance against then-British Super Middleweight champ – and world-ranked – Paul Smith. DeGale outworked Smith in a 12-round contest that was finished in the 9th. Smith was supposed to be a tough test for the still-maturing DeGale but the 25-year-old made the experienced and battle-hardened Smith look second-best in every round.

Such was the sterling nature of the skills shown by DeGale against Smith: his ability to slip opposition blows, his smothering punch power, conditioning and, most importantly, confidence to overcome 11,000 boos in a hostile arena in order to score an early finish, that there have been calls to fast-track DeGale to European and even world-level by the end of the year.

DeGale, though, remains keen on fighting one more domestic bout by taking on Adam Booth’s protege; George Groves. He told Boxing News: “I would love to get that fight out of the way! That’s the only domestic fight that I want – I really do want it. I had phonecalls from Frank [Warren, who said] ‘You’re going to box him early this year’.”

James DeGale (left, with Tony Jeffries)

If the fight is to materialise, though, DeGale will have to fight Groves on a Hayemaker promotions card as opposed to his familiar surroundings as part of Frank Warren promotions. Hayemaker won the purse bid, meaning it will not be a part of the Cleverly undercard and could in itself be a headliner. The fight will be for DeGale’s British strap at 168lbs and, while the date and venue are yet to be confirmed, it must take place before April 11. The pair have previous history as Groves bettered DeGale in the amateur ranks at 160lbs.

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The last main Hayemaker event saw Groves (11-0-0, 9ko) narrowly secure a win over Kenny Anderson on an introductory bout to what has now become known as the worst heavyweight world title fight between two British boxers when Audley Harrison challenged David Haye for his WBA belt.

‘Challenge’ is a word used loosely, for Harrison threw around 30 punches in the whole fight, yet landed just once; a paltry jab. The first two rounds were void of any real action, and when the fight did eventually start in the third, Haye instantly finished Harrison off. It was thought the crowd chants of “You’re shit and you know you are,” may have provoked a retirement out of Harrison, but the 2000 Olympian, whose pro career has never really kicked on, refused to call the curtain down on his career.

One man keen to add Harrison’s name to his fight resume is towering English Heavyweight champion; Tyson Fury (13-0-0, 9ko). Fury, who is currently receiving arguably the finest education he could possibly receive, is being trained by renowned coach Manny Steward and has even sparred with WBO, IBF and The Ring Heavyweight belt-holder Wladimir Klitschko (55-3-0, 49ko).

Fury told The Sun: “I’d love to fight Harrison. He’s just fought in a world title fight and is an Olympic gold medallist, while I’m a brash youngster with a big mouth who has been accused of not being able to back it up.”

He added: “We’d see if he’s made of anything and we’d see whether or not I’m a phoney.

“But it just shows you how much of a farce the Haye-Harrison fight was if people are thinking of me, with just 13 fights under my belt, taking on Harrison.”

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