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Rejuvenated Audley Harrison has given himself until the end of the year to win a world title in the wake of his second Prizefighter success.
The Kingsbury heavyweight bounced back from last October’s infamous first-round defeat to David Price by battering American Derric Rossy in two rounds of a one-sided final on Saturday night at York Hall.
Harrison, now 41, had earlier easily disposed of Dane Claus Bertino in one punch before gaining revenge over Belfast’s Martin Rogan – who beat him on points in 2008 – in the semi-final.
The former Olympic gold medallist later revealed that he had been carrying a rib injury – but there can be no doubting his continuing desire to reach the ultimate goal of becoming a world champion.
“In the shape I’m in and the mentality I’m in, if I lose now this will be my last leg, but I still think I’m good enough to win a world title,” Harrison told the Times.
“I have no excuses because I’m back mentally and physically. I had a cracked rib – but I was still able to get through and prove people wrong.
“I’m always proving people wrong and I’ll always do it. I’m still here, the journey’s not over and I’m ready to move forward in my career.
“I will win the world title hopefully by the end of the year but right now I’m going to get back to the gym and settle down with my ribs, then get back out there pretty soon.”
Harrison’s first Prizefighter triumph in 2009 led him to a European title victory over Michael Sprott and then an unsuccessful challenge to then WBA world champion David Haye the following year.
But his former promoter Eddie Hearn reckons the veteran heavyweight will need to up his level of performance and beat a big-name contender before he can land another crack at a world title.
“He needs a big win and to prove he can win a 12-round fight at world fringe level before he can talk about a world title,” said the Matchroom Boxing supremo.
“This was probably going to be the last resort for Audley, really, because I didn’t know what he had left.
“He has shown again he is at European title level but how far can he go? He’s got a great spirit and he just doesn’t want to give up.”
Kilburn middleweight Alan ‘Avalanche’ Higgins recorded his fourth straight win on Sunday despite being taken the distance for the first time by Jason Ball.
The 24-year-old had won all three of his previous bouts by stoppage, but was given his toughest test so far before emerging triumphant on points at York Hall.
Higgins started well, using his left jab to find his range and unleash right uppercuts, but the Doncaster man responded in kind.
Eventually, at the end of six hard-fought rounds, referee Jeff Hinds scored the contest 59-57 in favour of Higgins.