Audley: Bruno fight discussed in 2003, never happens now

Audley Harrison

📸 Lawrence Lustig

British heavyweight Audley Harrison has confirmed talks were held about possibly bringing Frank Bruno out of retirement thirteen years ago but has ruled out any meeting between the pair in 2016.

Bruno, 54, announced his intention to launch a comeback earlier this week when speaking to ITV’s This Morning programme, although 44 year-old Harrison was stand-offish when asked on social media whether he would consider coming out of his own retirement to face the much-loved veteran.

“It was spoken about in 2003, (but) never now. Father Time is undefeated and unfortunately, it’s caught up with us,” said Harrison.

“It’s not that letting go of boxing is like quitting alcohol or drugs after an addiction, (it’s) finding a new path (that) is key,” he added.

Harrison left boxing in 2013 following a 70-second stoppage loss to current WBC champion Deontay Wilder at Sheffield Arena and has apparently been happily retired ever since. ‘A-Force’ finished up with a 31-7 record, although did boast a famous European title win and two Prizefighter tournament triumphs to his credit.

The Olympic gold medallists only world title chance ended up in a controversial third round knockout to David Haye in 2010 amidst cries of a complete mismatch and the ‘Hayemaker’ carrying him for three rounds on pay-per-view.