Audley Harrison talks of return to boxing after hiatus

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Former Olympic Gold medalist Audley Harrison has announced that he hopes to make a return to boxing in the near future.

The former European Heavyweight Champion has spent the past two weeks inside the Celebrity Big Brother house and since finishing second in the Channel 5 show announced that he has had a "spiritual awakening" and is ready to make his return.

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European Championship

In an interview with iFL TV Harrison announced that he feels he is only one fight away from a shot at the European title.

He said: "If you look at where I'm at I think I'm one fight away from a European title. That's where I left at."

A-train may be believing slightly in his own hype. Losing after 70 seconds to Deontay Wilder hardly screams European contender and being stopped three times in your last seven fights is not a showcase of your title credentials.


Having last fought in April 2013 the 42-year-old is looking for an avenue back into the ring and admitted he would love a rematch against either David Price or David Haye.

Audley, who came second in Big Brother, was stopped by the two British fighters before his break.

He was accused of 'stealing a living' back in 2010 when he failed to throw any meaningful punches against Haye before being stopped in the third round. He was also stopped by Price in the first.

However, the 2000 Sydney gold medalist is insistent he would not make the same mistake twice having never lost in a rematch to an opponent. Having lost to Michael Sprott in 2007, Harrison gained his revenge in 2010 with a 12th round knock out.

With former WBO International and WBA Heavyweight Champion Haye planning a return to the ring in the near future, following a near career ending shoulder injury, the 33-year-old has already admitted he has a rematch with the Heavyweight divisions dominant Ukranian Wladimir Klitschko in his sights.

This could mean Harrison's hope of a second fight could be a dream rather than a reality. Taking action in an attempt to secure a high profile fight, Audley also expressed his desire to face the winner of Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury.

Anthony Joshua

Having shared a studio on Sky Sports' Ringside yesterday there has been talk of an Olympic Gold medalist showdown between Harrison and the up and coming Anthony Joshua.

Having acknowledged that he and Joshua are different paths in their boxing careers, Harrison, who has a record of 31(23) - 7 - 0, was quick to change the focus on to other fighters, but didn't rule out meeting the 24-year-old in the future.

Joshua, who was dubbed a future World Champion by current Champ Klitschko, would not be drawn on the possibility of fighting Harrison, merely admitting he respected what the older fighter did outside of the ring.

Reading between the lines, it seems that Joshua does not believe a fight with Audley would be beneficial for his career as he aims his sights at a future World Heavyweight Championship.

Having had eight fights in his pro career, since winning gold at London 2012, Joshua has never gone past the third round and with Audley's record of hitting the deck since his bout with Haye, I believe Joshua would blow him out of the water within six minutes of a potential bout.

Personal battles

Having gone unbeaten in his first 19 fights, before losing to Danny Williams, Harrison's career took a downturn and he never developed on the potential shown in the amateur division's, despite beating Sprott for the EBU European title in 2010.

The southpaw admitted he went on the reality television competition to tell the story of his career that held back and messed around by many people, leading to a mental breakdown and gambling addiction.

With Kellie Maloney, formerly known as boxing promoter Frank Maloney, also in the house Harrison was able to get his problems of his chest for the whole nation to see, despite Channel 5 censoring a lot of the controversial content. 

In his interview with iFL TV Harrison admitted he feels he has been spiritually awaken since his time in his house and is now ready to return to the ring as a new man.

Whoever it is that Harrison, a veteran of 38 fights, faces in his comeback fight, I wish him well and hope it doesn't end in a similar fashion to his bouts against Wylder, Haye and Price.

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