By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star
AUDLEY HARRISON’s next opponent has threatened to eat him alive when they step into the ring next month.
Harrison will face America’s top heavyweight prospect Deontay ‘Bronze Bomber’ Wilder in Sheffield.
And while Harrison hopes to resurrect his flagging career, Wilder has vowed to destroy the 37-year-old to boost his reputation on both sides of the Pond.
Wilder, 27, has won all of his 27 pro fights by knockout and said: “I’m a starving lion that’s ready to eat and my next meal will be served in Sheffield.
“On the menu will be Audley Harrison… bon appetit. For the many fans in England, Deontay ‘Bronze Bomber’ Wilder is coming.
“You’ve been waiting for this moment and now it’s here.
“I can’t wait to show you guys why I am the light and the way for this dark division.”
The fight will be on the undercard of Amir Khan’s clash with Julio Diaz at the Motorpoint Arena on April 27.
Despite losing six of his 37 paid bouts, the 2000 Olympic super-heavyweight champion is still convinced he can muscle his way back into the world title mix by upsetting Wilder.
Harrison goes into the fight on the back of winning the Prizefighter event for a second time in February.
“This is the door I must walk through – lose and it’s all over for me,” he said.
“If I win, I’m in the top 10, for sure. That would make me eligible to challenge for the world title. I’m taking the biggest risk for the biggest reward. It can’t get any better than that.
“Deontay is a fast, dangerous puncher, but he has not been tested as a pro. I have lot of respect for him, so it’s not personal.”
The bill also features a battle of simmering local rivalry, with a Lancashire-Yorkshire clash between English super-featherweight champion Gary ‘Five Star’ Sykes (23-3, 5 KO’s) and Jon Kays (16-2-1, 4 KO’s) in a 10-round clash.
TICKETS for the bill, topped by Khan v Diaz, can be purchased at www.motorpointarenasheffield.co.uk or by calling 0114 256 5656.