Groan if you want to, or laugh or sigh or scream, but Audley Harrison seems determined to once again launch a comeback.
Last seen being iced in around a minute by Deontay Wilder, Harrison is still unable to call it quits. And one man A-Force thinks he can beat is current European champ Dereck Chisora. Harrison has gone as far as to put forth a proposition to Del Boy’s promoter Frank Warren: Harrison says that if he doesn’t KO Chisora within 10-rounds he will give his entire purse to charity.
But why on earth would Chisora, a fighter with a future, take such a no win fight? Harrison, say the version that stopped Danny Williams in a rematch, maybe would have given Chisora an argument, but what punch resistant does the big southpaw have left today? Continue reading
British heavyweight Audley Harrison (31-7, 23 KO’s) says he’s changed his mind about retiring from the sport, and he’ll be continuing with his career, such as it is. Audley had said he was retiring after he was blasted out by unbeaten Deontay Wilder (28-0, 28 KO’s) in one round on April 27th in Sheffield. We should have known that Audley wouldn’t stay retired because he seems to be remaking his career after every defeat.
Audley said this to BBC: “I can’t walk away with that performance [against Deontay]. If I do it would haunt me until I’m old and gray. I got up, they should have let him come to finish me and let me show what I got.” Continue reading
I just heard about Audley retiring and I want to say to him – thanks for the opportunity you gave me to be in your camp and also to fight you. I’ll respect you forever for that Big Brother. Everybody tells me they loved our weigh-in because we were professional and they could see we were friends even though we had a job to do.
Good luck in all you have planned for the future. You were great with advice in camp and I know you’ll be there for me as I move toward the Heavyweight Title. From the Olympic Gold to the Prizefighter Championships and all that came in between you can hold your head high knowing you never ducked anyone and accomplished more than most ever will. Continue reading
Deontay Wilder the heavy handed American slugger got lucky last night as he got a win on his record against Audley Harrison. Bizarrely, A-Force finds himself at the hands of another bad refereeing decision which may have ruined his career. It was Britain’s first look at Deontay in the flesh and many of us real men, such as myself, are far from impressed. In fact we are appalled at the cheating that was displayed by the American. Very unsporting behaviour, a bit like Norwich. You would never find Audley Harrison cheating and the stark contrasts between Deontay and Audley are there for the plain eye to see. Audley, a tall, elegant, handsome man who looks like he stepped out of a Hollywood film set against the gangly, large framed Wilder. Bald, ugly and looks like he had been chewing wasps for dinner. In the looks department, it was a total mismatch. Audley looked great in a non-gay way, physically and in boxing terms. Controlling the early exchanges landing 3 hard jabs that wobble Wilder and catch the judge’s eye, further evidence that Audley has the greatest jab in modern heavyweight boxing. A crisp left almost lands flush on the face of Deontay which would have surely been a fight ender. On the stroke of the 49th second of the fight though it all went a bit tits up. Continue reading
Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KO’s) had to get up off the deck to defeat former IBF lightweight champion Julio Diaz (40-8-1, 29 KO’s) by a 12 round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, UK. Khan was hurt five times in the fight, and knocked down in the 4th by a left hook. In rounds 8 though 11, Khan was badly staggered by heard shots from Diaz. It was only through the use of Khan’s holding and pulling down on the back of Diaz’s head that he was able to survive those rounds. The final judges’ scores were 114-113, 115-113, 115-112. I had Diaz winning rounds 3, 4, 8, 9, 10 and 11. In other words, I had Diaz winning the fight.>
Khan controlled the action in rounds one and two. Diaz fought well in rounds three and four in landing heavy shots. After Khan was knocked down in the 4th, he came back to fight well in the 5th through 7th rounds, albeit using a lot of questionable tactics like pulling down on Diaz’s head and holding his left arm out far in front of him so that Diaz couldn’t get close. From the 8th round to 11th, Diaz had Khan hurt in each of these rounds, but Khan did a good job of holding on and running. Continue reading
An intriguing encounter awaits on the “Return of the King” undercard when Audley Harrison [31-6 -& 23 KOs] meets Deontay Wilder [27-0 & 27 KOs] in a fight which, in some circles, has generated just as much discussion as the main event. For Wilder, Harrison represents a big step-up in competition, as well as the opportunity to collect the first ‘name’ on his record. In contrast, last chance saloon has been a statement thrown around for various fights of Harrison’s over the years, but at 41, it’s difficult to see how he could come back again if he loses this.
Anyone with an interest in the heavyweight division will be curious enough to tune in and have a look at Wilder, a Bronze medalist at Beijing 2008, in his biggest test to date as a professional. Not only does Wilder find himself up against an opponent with a KO record of some significance, but he also finally meets a technical fighter, as well as his first southpaw opponent since turning professional. It will be interesting to see how comfortable Wilder is with open southpaw angles and how he approaches the fight.
Weights from Sheffield, England:
Amir Khan 142.25 – Julio Diaz 142.25
Deontay Wilder 224.8 – Audley Harrison 236
“The Return of the King: Khan vs. Diaz” is a 12 round 143 pound catch-weight bout presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Khan Promotions and sponsored by JD Sport, Maxi Muscle, Pasha and Hollywood Milkshakes.
Fans in the United Kingdom can watch “The Return of the King: Khan vs. Diaz” live on BoxNation (Sky Channel 437 or Virgin Channel 546) at 7:00 p.m. BST. To subscribe, visit www.boxnation.com.
Fans in the United States can watch “The Return of the King: Khan vs. Diaz” on tape delay on SHOWTIME BOXING: Special Edition immediately following the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING broadcast of Danny Garcia vs. Zab Judah. Continue reading
BoxNation’s blockbuster double header starts this Saturday from 7pm with the ‘Return of the King’ fight night LIVE from the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, followed by Martin Murray’s clash with Sergio Martinez LIVE from Argentina.
The ‘Return of the King’ will commence with the Super Featherweight fight between Gary Sykes and Jon Kays, starting at 7pm.
Amir Khan’s younger brother and 2010 Commonwealth Games Bronze medallist, Haroon Khan will also make his professional debut against Stefan Slavchev at 8pm, followed by the highly anticipated Heavyweight showdown between 2000 Olympic Champion Audley Harrison and unbeaten US prospect Deontay Wilder at 8.30pm. Continue reading
Top heavyweight prospect 6’7” Deontay Wilder (27-0, 27 KO’s) says he’s ready to put British heavyweight Audley Harrison (31-6, 23 KO’s) out of his misery this month in ending the 41-year-old’s career by knocking him out in front of his own British fans on April 27th on the Amir Khan – Julio Diaz card at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, UK.
Deontay wants to KO Audley in such a way that it will convince him that it’s pointless for him to continue on with yet another comeback and comeback slogan. Continue reading
Heavyweight Audley Harrison (31-6, 23 KO’s) says it’ll be over for him if he loses to the 27-year-old Deontay Wilder (27-0, 27 KO’s) on April 27th on the undercard of the Amir Khan vs. Julio Diaz fight at the Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom. Audley, 41, has talked about retiring in the past but he always sticks with it after he gets knocked out.
Audley said to Sky Sports “Deontay is fast, dangerous puncher, but he has not been tested as a pro. Lose and it’s over, win and I’m in the top 10 for sure, eligible to challenge for the world title. Biggest risk for the biggest reward. It can’t get any bigger than that.” Continue reading