Audley Harrison has told WBA heavyweight champion David Haye to “man up and sign” to fight in a Battle of Britain bout in November. Harrison and his promoter, Matchroom Sport managing director Eddie Hearn have been locked in talks with Adam Booth over the past weeks, with a potential fight scheduled to take place on November 13 at the MEN Arena in Manchester. Both parties have now agreed terms but Haye is yet to sign and Harrison has sent a message out to the World Champion, telling him to put pen to paper on the huge fight, and warning him that he can take the title off Haye to fulfill his dream of being world heavyweight champion.
“I’m about as bored as every other fight fan about hearing why you won’t accept fights, what are we in this game for?” said Harrison. “I say to try and win titles and create a legacy but if its money you want then outside of the Klitschko fight I’m the only guy that makes you money. I am accepting the terms you have offered me and now we will see what you are made of.
“So let’s stop with the bullshitting, man up and get this fight signed. So bring on the Battle of Britain and I will be the Hayebreaker come November 13th.”
Harrison put the wheels in motion for the clash with Haye in June when he vacated the European belt he won in spectacular fashion with a stunning last gasp knockout of Michael Sprott in April. The 38 year-old is now gunning for a fight with former friend Haye, with Eddie Hearn revealing that tensions between the pair were high after Haye delivered a snub to Harrison by refusing to put him on the undercard of one his shows after Harrison had helped Haye at the start of his career.
“The hard work is done and now it’s up to Haye and Booth,” said Hearn. “We are at the end of the line now, everything is in place and now it’s up to them. This is a £10 million fight and the biggest the country has ever seen, but more than that it’s personal between them – there will be no love lost in the ring if we get this signed.”