by Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star
AUDLEY HARRISON wants revenge over David Price for the defeat that almost ended his career.
Harrison returns to the ring at London’s York Hall on Saturday in the eight-man Prizefighter event at the ripe old age of 41.
He hasn’t fought since British and Commonwealth champion Price destroyed him in 87 seconds in Liverpool last October.
Many people thought the 2000 Olympic super-heavyweight champ would call it a day after that defeat and he admits he considered retirement.
But he said: “I’m back – and I would love to fight David Price. He took me out and I would like the opportunity to avenge that.
“After the David Price fight people thought I would never get back from it and that they had seen the last of me. It made me look bad.
“But I have come up from underneath all of that rubble and it didn’t take me long to say, ‘Hell, it’s not over yet!’.
"I was too hyped up for the Price fight and it allowed him to walk me onto his big right hand and finish me.
“I learn from my mistakes and that’s the bottom line. I made a mistake against Price and he made me pay for it straightaway.
“He took me out and that looks bad on me because I was in great shape and ready to put in a real performance against him.
“I felt good and mentally I was back together. But it just wasn’t to be. Now you just don’t know what happens and, if it is possible, I would love the chance of fighting David again.”
Ironically, Price will be in action against American Tony Thompson in Liverpool on Saturday while Harrison makes his ring return.
And the A-Force hopes that if he can win Prizefighter it will signal the kind of comeback that followed his last victory in the event in October 2009.
He then went on to lift the European title before his woeful three-round defeat at the hands of WBA champion David Haye in November 2011.
Now he is hoping victory in Bethnal Green this weekend will catapult him SDHptowards the world title mix once again, saying: “I still haven’t fulfilled my dreams.
“My goals have not been achieved and it would be crazy for me to come back and just win the Prizefighter, so my goals are still there.
“It has been a long road but it is never over until it is over and I am not the sort of guy to give up on my goals – so you can’t count me out.
“The burning desire is still there and with optimism and the string of performances you are going to see, I can do it.
“I am about to reintroduce myself into the heavyweight division. I have lived the dream but I haven’t achieved what I wanted.”