By James Slater
It looks like fight fans will have to brace themselves for yet another ring return by none other than Audley Harrison. Less than a month after his swift, 1st-round stoppage loss to unbeaten KO King Deontay Wilder, and just 20 days after announcing his retirement from the sport that saw him win an Olympic gold medal in 2000, “A-Force” has announced on his official website that we can expect to see him in a ring “real soon.”
Harrison, 31-7(23) and coming off two 1st-round KO defeats, wrote how he feels the loss to Wilder came about due to a premature stoppage on the part of the referee, and that he could not walk away now lest he regret it for the rest of his life.
“When I made the tough decision to walk away from boxing, I knew it was not going to be easy,” Audley’s statement reads. “As the days passed, I knew I would not be able to live with the decision. I wrestled with it for a few weeks, and spoke to everyone from the Boxing Board, to Lennox Lewis, David Haye, my dad, wife and many others…….ultimately, seeing my son born [on Thursday] crystallised my decision.
“There is no way I’m going to tell my son, ‘I gave up because I didn’t want to climb the mountain again.’ How can I retire, when I know I have another shot in me? Setbacks pave the way for comebacks. I believe it, so I have to live it, and go again. We all saw how the [Wilder] fight ended, which was not right. I can’t walk away with that performance. If I do, it would haunt me until I’m old and grey.
“People who worry I may get hurt, I thank you for your concerns. We live in a free society and my desire for freedom and autonomy is my universal right. Don’t know where, but see you in a ring real soon.”
Harrison, fans are sure to say, has lost all sense of reality. Still, if he is licensed to fight yet again, he almost certainly will. Unless Harrison is having one big joke at our expense! If he does box again however, who on earth would pay hard earned money to watch him do so?