After launching yet another comeback in the sport, perennial redemption-seeker Audley ‘A-Force’ Harrison believes that a victory in the upcoming Prizefighter – The Internationals III tournament can put him back in British title contention.
Last year, Harrison was demolished by current champion David Price in just 82 seconds in what many thought would be his final fight, although the Olympic gold medallist is ready for one more run, beginning this weekend.
“I’m back – and I would love to fight David Price. He took me out and I would like the opportunity to avenge that,” Harrison told The Daily Star. 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.”
Harrison is now 41 years-old and heads into the eight-man Matchroom competition on Saturday night with his work cut out against some decent level operators, including former rival Martin Rogan.
People in boxing have been saying that the Londoner is on his final chance for years, but hype-talker Harrison keeps on gaining second chances on the back of his success in Sydney 2000.
A bad quarter-final defeat at the York Hall should really spell the end of Harrison by Sunday morning, although who could say that with any conviction as the one-time world title challenger would probably be back in form again anyway – with more spiel about returning to the glory days.