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Audley Harrison Set to Announce Boxing Comeback After Retirement

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - APRIL 27:  Audley Harrison prior to his Heavyweight bout with Deontay Wilder at Motorpoint Arena on April 27, 2013 in Sheffield, England.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistJanuary 7, 2014

Audley Harrison has revealed a deal to bring him out of boxing retirement is "almost done" in a Q&A session on his personal Twitter account:

As reported by ESPN, Harrison could be set to battle for the vacant British heavyweight title, which was recently dropped by David Price, who beat Harrison in 2012.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 13:  David Price knocks down Audley Harrison during their British and Commonwealth Heavyweight Championship fight on October 13, 2012 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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The former Olympic super heavyweight champion has soiled his name with a trio of hapless performances in recent years and faces a momentous challenge if his return is to be anything other than short-lived. At the age of 42, Harrison is undoubtedly slowing up.

Once a top prospect of British boxing, the career of "A-Force" hit a major stumbling block during his 2010 loss to David Haye, a fight in which Harrison landed just one punch before suffering a third-round TKO, per Evan Fanning of The Guardian.

Harrison beat Ali Adams in his 2012 comeback fight before losing to Price at Liverpool's Echo Arena. Ben Dirs of BBC Sport commented that Price "brought the curtain down" on Harrison's career with the first-round knockout.

However, not willing to quit, Harrison returned to win Prizefighter for the second time.

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: Deontay Wilder Knocks Audley Harrison down during their Heavyweight at Motorpoint Arena on April 27, 2013 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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Almost poetically, Harrison was then obliterated by the power of Deontay Wilder inside 70 seconds on April 27, 2013, a blow that forced him to call time on his career once again.

As noted in ESPN's report, just 20 days after he retired, Harrison made it clear he is ready to fight again. Although a potential opponent is yet to be specified, he confirmed an interesting battle against Roy Jones Jr. won't be taking place:

Harrison hints more details are to come in the near future.

If a deal is to be struck, this will surely be the last chapter of a professional career that has never lived up to its potential.

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