|Audley ‘A Force’ Harrison|
“David Haye is a false Prophet, one punch on that chin and it will shatter like glass”
Audley Harrison has his sights set firmly on a shot at David Haye’s world title, and Haye looks like he is ready to oblige his London counterpart, giving Harrison his chance in an all British heavyweight grudge match.
Harrison has this week vacated his European heavyweight title, opening the door to a shot at the Hayemaker when he makes his return from injury in October.
Harrison in dropping the European belt, is now not eligible to defend it, thus freeing him up for the potential calling from former friend and room mate, but now sworn enemy Haye – or possibly one of the Klitschko’s.
The 38-year-old Harrison had an operation on a pectoral muscle last month to correct the shoulder injury that forced him to fight with just one arm against Michael Sprott for most of the fight, which was for the European title at Alexandra Palace in April. Harrison was losing the fight and needed nothing but a knockout in the final round, and he got it, producing a stunning one punch knockout to claim the belt.
Matchroom’s Eddie Hearn, Harrisons promoter, believes a fight with Harrison and Haye can happen and will be the biggest fight the UK as ever seen! well I am not sure about that but it is a fight that would be interesting and certainly they can build it up to get the publics attention and the viewing figures that will make it happen.
“Everyone wants to fight Audley because they know what he brings to the table,” said Hearn.
“He will be installed as the mandatory challenger for the European title but we are also in discussions with the Klitchko’s and Adam Booth and David Haye regarding a world title shot later this year – We are keeping our options open right now but the Haye fight is huge.
Audley’s last two appearances in the UK have attracted record viewing figures, so couple that with David Haye’s popularity and this is the biggest fight the UK has ever seen.”
Harrison’s turned professional after claiming Olympic gold in 2000. The Londoner won the WBF heavyweight title before sparking rivalries with Danny Williams and Sprott. After to moving to America, a chance meeting with Hearn in Las Vegas saw Harrison sign-up for Prizefighter, scooping the heavyweight version of the trophy at the ExCeL arena in October, and then claiming the European in the rematch with Sprott.
The A’ Forces dream of fighting for a world title is still very much alive, and through-out the losses and set backs in his career is now some how back in the position where he could possibly get a crack at the klitschko’s belts if not Hayes. Although it seems Harrison would fancy his chances against Haye more than the brothers.
“I’m told by my promoters that both David Haye and the Klitchko’s brothers have expressed an interest in facing me when I return after rehab,” said Harrison. “If it’s either Klitchko brother, the task will be hard, but that’s how I want it. said Harrison.
|WBA Champion David Haye|
“I respect both brothers as they are effective at what they do but both can be beat. As I said before David Haye is a false Prophet, one punch on that chin and it will shatter like glass. If I was him, I’d keep running from the Klitchko’s and keep beating up on shop worn American heavyweights. Whatever the route I will find a way to fulfill my destiny and become Heavyweight Champion of the World.” he added.
Whatever your views on a potential match up with Haye and Harrison, it will defiantly be a spectacle that will be compulsive viewing, and even though initial feedback has not been good regarding a possible fight, there is no doubt the fan’s will be tuning in – Get this fight made and let’s have two Brits fighting for the Heavyweight championship of the world in the UK! In the words of Barry Norman. ‘And why not? ‘
So is David Haye vs Audley Harrison a fight that can be made? sure! Is it a fight boxing wants? The Boxing Fan’s! It over to you – Your views please?