Scott Harrison remanded in custody after losing extradition appeal, Malta Commission reacts

Phil Jay 17/07/2015

Former world featherweight champion Scott Harrison is facing up to being extradited back to Spain after losing his appeal against a European warrant.

The 37 year-old, who previously served two and half years in a Costa Del Sol prison, was called back amidst claims the Scot failed to begin a four-year sentence for a separate charge against him.

Harrison was originally ordered to adhere to the wishes of the Spanish authorities earlier this year and immediately appealed, although this latest blow doesn’t leave many avenues for ‘The Real McCoy’ to explore and avoid more time behind bars.

Scottish Sheriff Thomas Welsh ruled that Harrison must follow through with the extradition process and Lord Carloway denied bail – meaning the boxer’s career is in tatters yet again.

Two-time world title holder Harrison had only recently signed a deal to fight under the banner of the Malta Boxing Commission and was due to return to the ring next month after being turned down by the British Boxing Board of Control.

Speaking on this recent news, MBC Vice President Gianluca Di Caro revealed his shock at the decision.

“It is greatly disappointing that Scott Harrison has lost his appeal. I find it almost impossible to comprehend how the Scottish judicial system has failed him so badly,” Di Caro exclusively told World Boxing News.

“Scott was the victim of an attack and defended himself, yet he still not only got charged but imprisoned back then. That is wrong in itself, but now the Spanish authorities want him to return to do further prison time. That is so wrong in so many ways.

“Scott has mine and the Malta Boxing Commission’s full support and we will be having a meeting with our legal team urgently to see if there is any way we can assist through the European courts.

“We are highly disappointed that Scott has been remanded and refused bail. We stand side by side with Scott and will do whatever we can to assist him at this time as well as look into the legal options that are available as a matter of urgency.

“We will also be meeting regarding Scott boxing at the Lagoon Leisure Centre in Paisley, Scotland on the 15th of August,” he added.