Audley Harrison rockets up world rankings

Audley Harrison has moved closer to a World Heavyweight title shot after moving up to 15th in the latest WBC rankings. The 38 year-old vacated the European title he won against Michael Sprott in April at Alexandra Palace in London in June to pave the way for a massive title fight when he returns from injury in October. The 2000 Olympic gold medallist underwent surgery for a torn Pectoralis muscle after the Sprott fight and says he will be fully fit in the autumn, and his significant rise up the rankings means a potential bout with David Haye is on the cards..

“This makes a World title shot very much a reality and the dream is within reach now,” said Harrison. “It’s been a long road and an interesting journey but I'm focused on getting the job done and securing my destiny and becoming Heavyweight Champion of the World.”

Harrison’s career has always divided the boxing world but there is no doubting that the Londoner now living in Las Vegas is a box office draw and his promoters Matchroom Sport say there are a number of possibilities for Audley’s next bout.

“Everyone knows just what Audley Harrison brings to the table and the new rankings give him the credibility to get that shot,” said Eddie Hearn, Harrison’s promoter. “We are looking at a number of options right now and we hope to make an announcement in the next two weeks with regards his next fight.”

Article posted on 13.07.2010

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