13th August 2012

Audley Harrison will challenge David Price for his British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on 13 October.

With Olympic London 2012 now over and the achievements of our boxers revered, lets not forget Harrison won his gold in Sydney 12 years ago and left Australia a hero himself. Price was also a decorated amateur fighter and Olympian winning a bronze in Beijing in 2008.


Harrison, 40, won the super-heavyweight Olympic gold in Sydney with victory over Kazakhstan’s Mukhtarkhan Dildabekov the same title our new heavyweight hero Anthony Joshua won this weekend.


After the Sydney games Harrison was offered big contracts to turn pro and his future was almost rubber stamped for success in the paid ranks, a southpaw heavyweight Olympic champion surely would seek awards as a pro. He was unbeaten in his first 19 fights after turning over but soon afterwards, he was to endured several damaging defeats over the last seven years. He suffered his first major setback when he was beaten by Danny Williams in a 2005 Commonwealth title fight.


A European title defeat by Michael Sprott two years later was followed by a loss on points to Belfast’s Martin Rogan in 2008.


Harrison’s last major fight, for the WBA world heavyweight title in November 2010, led to him being heavily criticised after being stopped in the third round by David Haye. Harrison is giving it another shot and called out Price after his latest comeback win in May, a victory over Ali Adams at the Brentwood Centre in Essex.


The call was answered and the Liverpool heavyweight and his team excepted the challenge, giving Harrison another chance to finally fulfil his professional ambitions.


Price has won all 13 of his fights since turning professional in January 2009. He won the English heavyweight title by beating John McDermott in 73 seconds in Liverpool in January. The 29-year-old then became British and Commonwealth champion with a victory over Sam Sexton in May.


Interview with Harrison above video..