By James Slater
Troubled Scot, Scott Harrison has one more chance to revive his career. The 35-year-old, who served time in jail for assault, and has fought just twice in the last eight years as a result, will meet unbeaten 26-year-old southpaw Liam Walsh for the WBO European lightweight title on April 20th. The intriguing fight will go ahead on the Nathan Cleverly-RobinKrasniqi card set for Wembley Arena.
Harrison, who ultimately wants a shot at fellow Scot, reigning WBO lightweight ruler Ricky Burns, feels a win over Walsh, 13-0(10) will prove he has what it takes:
“Walsh is a good young fighter, he’s fast and he’s ambitious and this is the fight that will show all the doubters that I’m back and I mean business,” Harrison said in a statement released by promoter Frank Warren.
“I’ve had two wins since making my comeback and this is the first high-profile fight against a young hungry fighter which will test me and show me how far I’m off challenging for a world title. A win will give me an important ranking in the top 10 of the WBO so this is a must-win fight for me.”
Harrison, 27-2-2(15) ruled as WBO 126-pound champ from October of 2002 until July of 2003 and again from November of 2003 until November of 2005. He was inactive from 2005 until his ring return in June of 2012.
Walsh was to have challenged Burns in December of last year, only for a car accident to curtail his shot.