By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star
AUDLEY HARRISON has promised there will be no repeat of his David Haye capitulation in his next fight.
He meets unbeaten Liverpudlian David Price at the Liverpool Echo Arena on October 13 determined to restore his reputation.
Harrison is still haunted by his abysmal three-round humiliation against Haye in 2010, during which he barely threw a punch.
But the Sydney Olympics super-heavyweight champion refuses to call time on a hugely-disappointing professional career.
Harrison, 40, wants to seize Price’s British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles.
And he still harbours hopes of muscling his way back into the world title scene despite losing five of his 33 paid fights.
He said: “Whatever way you look at it, this is a crossroads fight between two Olympic medal winners.”
Price, 29, claimed Olympic bronze in Beijing and Harrison said: “It’s uncertain which direction I’m heading in, while David is on the way up.
“My career has had tremendous highs and incredible lows. I’ve ridden the ship as best I can.
“On a few occasions, I haven’t shown up which has really hurt my reputation. But I will show up in Liverpool.
“I have the spirit and tenacity to dust myself off and give it another go.”
Price said: “Audley might have a superiority complex because he won a gold and me a bronze, but the Olympics are in the past.
“I’m hell-bent on succeeding as a professional and nothing will stand in my way. If Audley Harrison is still dining out on his Olympic gold medal that’s up to him.”
Price admired Harrison after his success at the Sydney Games, but is ready to end his career in his voluntary title defence.
He said: “I never thought I’d fight Audley. When I was growing up in the GB team, everyone looked up to him.
"He was a bit of an inspiration and I’m not afraid to admit that. But come fight night I’ll be there to do a job.”
Price, who has won all of his 13 professional fights, 11 by KO, is a rising star.
He hopes to make an even bigger impression over the next year, saying: “In 12 months I definitely want to be European champion.
“By that time, I am aiming to be knocking on the door of world-class level. I know I have the ability to do it.”