Audley Gambles Career Recovery, Again, With Prizefighter

By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star

AUDLEY Harrison will have one last throw of the dice – in the competition which saved him from the boxing scrapheap.

The 41-year-old Londoner will line-up in the ‘Prizefighter International Heavyweights III’ event at York Hall in Bethnal Green on February 23.

Harrison won Prizefighter in October 2009 and credits that victory with putting him on the path to a world title tilt when his career had looked to be in ruins.

After that success, he defeated Michael Sprott to win the European belt in April 2010 before tackling WBA champion David Haye ­seven months later.

But that fight turned into a real farce, with Harrison failing to throw a punch before the contest finished in the third round.

Despite calls for him to quit, he gained a low-key win over Ali Adams last May before losing his latest bout against David Price in just 82 seconds in October.

Now he is to climb back into the ring again after telling his Twitter followers he has decided not to call it a day.

Audley said: “When adversity strikes you respond in one of two ways.... You step aside and give in. Or you step up and fight.”

Olympic gold medallist Harrison, who has always harboured hopes of picking up a version of the world title, has lost six of his 34 contests.

He will be joined in Prizefighter by ­another former winner, Martin Rogan, who lifted the trophy five years ago.

The pair will mix it with big-punching American Travis Walker and Brixton’s 31-year-old Ian Lewison (6-1-1), who is looking to make a name for himself on the British heavyweight scene.

Olympic light-welterweight Tom Stalker makes his professional debut on the bill after signing for Matchroom Sport.

Promoter Eddie Hearn said: “I’m ­delighted that GB Olympic captain Stalker will make his professional ­debut on the show.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by micky1971 on 01-12-2013

yoh adrian! NAHHHH! no glory here. ONE WORD, CUNT.

Comment by Enzo Mc is SHIT on 01-11-2013

[QUOTE=vxrandall;12907872]its a waste of a slot for an up and coming fighter or even just a journeyman professional who will ACTUALLY turn up and try! what gets me is that since he tends to fall over when the first punch…

Comment by S. Saddler 1310 on 01-11-2013

he challenged (albeit undeservedly) for a world title. what's the point in just keeping on going for these smaller prizes at his age? unless he's in need of money. yeah, that must be it. but i wish he'd retire, for…

Comment by yoz on 01-11-2013

First PF, then the World!

Comment by Tonyu on 01-11-2013

I know evrybody is taking the Mick out of Fraudly I can't blame them really it is so sad for him this has happened to his career- thinking about it the worst thing that Audley could of done was win…

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