Ordinary Audley To Get a Title Shot?

Paul AustinCorrespondent IJune 8, 2010

LONDON - FEBRUARY 17: Audley Harrison of England is attended to by doctors after being knocked out by Michael Sprott of England during their fight for the European Heavyweight Championship at Wembley Arena on February 17, 2007 in London, England.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
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It seems that Audley "A-Force" Harrison, the next big thing in the heavyweight division who never quite made it, could fight for a world title next after giving up his European heavyweight crown.

British born Harrison first came to prominence at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney when he became the first British fighter to win an Olympic gold medal in the superheavyweight division by defeating Mukhtarkhan Dildabekov of Kazakhstan on points.

Shortly after, Harrison set up his own company, A Force Promotions, to manage his career, turned professional, and concluded several high profile sponsorships deals, promising that within two years he would dominate the Heavyweight division.

Harrison then signed a £1 million deal with the BBC to show his first ten professional fights, and spent the next two years facing distinctly questionable opponents.

All of this didn't sit well with the viewing public, and Harrison soon turned from a fan favorite to a boxer who was frequently booed, even by home crowds. It earned him pejorative nicknames such as Audry Harrison, and Fraudley.

After the BBC declined to renew his contract Harrison continued his career in America, fighting two opponents in 2005, before declaring he was now ready to step up and face world class opponents. This statement came four years after he'd told the world he'd dominate the division within two.

Having re-declared his intention to fight the best, Harrison returned to the UK, and then promptly lost three of his next five matches, most of which were against domestic opponents.

After two more unconvincing fights, in the next two years, Harrison entered the Prizefighter tournament which was an eight-man, one-night knockout tournament that took place at ExCeL London.

He went on to win the tournament by way of second round knock-out against Coleman Barrett, and following his success in the Prizefighter tournament, it was announced on 15 January 2010 that Harrison would face Albert Sosnowski for the European Boxing Union heavyweight title, with the fight set for 9 April 2010.

The fight was ultimately canceled when Sosnowski dropped the belt for a shot at Vitali Klitschko's WBC title. Instead, Harrison was signed to fight old foe Michael Sprott, for the vacant title.

Harrison won the match with a last gasp knockout, despite being behind on all three judges scorecards.

Now it seems that this less than stellar career has been enough to earn this aging heavyweight a crack at a world title. His promoters have informed him that both David Haye and the Klitschko brothers have expressed an interest in facing him.

Talking about the possible fights, Harrison said "If it's either Klitchsko brother, the task will be hard, but that's how I want it. I respect both brothers as they are effective at what they do but both can be beat." 

"As I said before David Haye is a false prophet, one punch on that chin and it will shatter like glass. If I was him, I'd keep running from the Klitschko's and keep beating up on shop-worn American heavyweights." 

"Whatever the route I will find a way to fulfill my destiny and become heavyweight champion of the world."

Hasn't Harrison been saying the same thing for years?