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Audley Harrison: Deal almost done for comeback

Phil Jay 07/01/2014

Former Olympic gold medallist Audley Harrison remains fixed on a return to the ring despite three early knockout losses in his last seven bouts and no victories of any significance in almost four years.

The 42 year-old has revamped himself as a three-round specialist in his advancing years after claiming a second Prizefighter title in 2013, although most in the sport believe the Londoner should step away from boxing.

Bad defeats to David Haye and David Price, followed by a shot-shy crumbling against hard-punching American Deontay Wilder have made those calls fully warranted as Harrison continues to defy calls for his retirement.

Despite some poor form, Harrison remains one of the names in the frame for the vacant British heavyweight title left behind by Price following his move to Sauerland, with rival Michael Sprott, John McDermott, Ian Lewison, Gary Cornish and former champion Sam Sexton also in the mix.

That certainly opens the door for a trilogy bout with Sprott, himself a two-time Prizefighter champion, after the pair shared a pulsating clash in 2010 for the European title.

Harrison came through on that occasion with his famous last-gasp punch after largely being dominated by the Reading man for the majority of the contest at Alexandra Palace. Prior to that, Sprott held a routine third round stoppage win over Harrison from 2007 and at this point, a third meeting looks the only viable option if ‘A-Force’ is to carry on.

According to Harrison himself, a deal is in place this for his imminent comeback.

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