Victorious Audley's hopes rekindled
PUBLISHED: 18:36 07 October 2009 | UPDATED: 14:43 24 August 2010
By Ziad Chaudry FROM Prizefighter to a world title? A rejuvenated Audley Harrison believes promoter Barry Hearn can still deliver him his ultimate dream. The 37-year-old former Olympic champion from Kingsbury claimed Hearn s latest Prizefighter heavyweigh
By Ziad Chaudry
FROM Prizefighter to a world title? A rejuvenated Audley Harrison believes promoter Barry Hearn can still deliver him his ultimate dream.
The 37-year-old former Olympic champion from Kingsbury claimed Hearn's latest Prizefighter heavyweight series title and £32,000 in front of 5,000 fans at ExCel Arena, Docklands, last Friday.
Harrison defeated Scott Belshaw, Danny Hughes and Wembley fighter Coleman Barrett in successive three-round bouts to breathe new life into his see-saw career.
But a much-hyped expected final showdown with bitter rival and British champion Danny Williams never happened when Carl Baker showed the bewildered Brixton Bomber the first round exit door.
"It feels very good to be back in the frame," said a relieved but delighted Harrison. "The door was kind of closed for me in the UK market but I've come back with three fights and three victories.
"It's a great opportunity for me now to move forward with my career. My critics are always going to be there and the battering I take out of the ring is why I live in America.
"I'm grateful for the opportunity, grateful to Barry Hearn and grateful to be back on British TV."
Harrison is set to sign up with the Matchroom Sport supremo in a partnership which he reckons will finally land him a world heavyweight title.
"I believe I can be a world champion," Harrison added. "All I had was a dream, to be my own manager, my own promoter and win the world title.
"That dream was taken away from me so hopefully I'm going to sit down now with Matchroom and we're going to strike an alliance to take me to the world title."
Despite losing to Harrison in the final, Barrett - the cousin of former Southern area light-welterweight champion Francis Barrett - can be immensely proud of his evening's work as he took the scalps of former British champion Scott Gammer and Williams' conqueror Baker.