By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star
AUDLEY Harrison is convinced he can muscle his way into the world title picture – even at the age of 41.
Harrison fights unbeaten sensation Deontay Wilder on the undercard of the Amir Khan-Julio Diaz clash in Sheffield on Saturday night.
And he believes a shock victory over the American KO specialist will propel him towards a dream world heavyweight title clash.
The British 2000 Olympic super-heavyweight champion has dismissed all thoughts of retirement despite his advancing years and an up and down professional career.
He said: “I am very stubborn and my goal is to become a world champion and I haven’t achieved that yet.
“I am still serious about my career and want to achieve my goal. So there is no better way right now than by defeating Deontay Wilder.
“If he beats me he is going to get a world title shot so, if I beat him, I am right back at the door again because he is a top-10 fighter.
“If I beat him it will be a big shock around the world because everyone is thinking that he will blow me out.
“I am still improving. I am 41 and feel pretty much as though I am the complete fighter.”
Victory for Harrison over Wilder, 27, who has knocked out every one of his 27 opponents, would indeed be a shock.
Either genuinely confident or deluded, Harrison climbs into the ring on the back of winning the Prizefighter event for a second time.
He has lost six of his 37 professional bouts and added: “I could have gone down an easier route. Deontay Wilder is a top-10 fighter and I would have preferred any one of the others.
“I have had him in my camp before. I actually like him and it will be a shame for me to have to topple him in order to get to my destination.
“But it is nothing personal. This is a business we are in and you have to fight each other.
“We are going to meet and it is going to be one hell of a fight. He has won all of his 27 fights and doesn’t know how to lose.
“He has blown all of his opponents out and I know how tough it is going to be but I am at my best right now.
“As people saw with Prizefighter my sharpness is back.
“I am now actually sharper than I was for Prizefighter. My journey in boxing is about continuous improvement.”
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