David Haye and Audley Harrison are both professional heavyweight fighters from England, and that's about where the comparisons between the two end.
Harrison made his mark in the squared circle as an amateur having won the Olympic Gold medal in 2000 at the Summer Games in Sydney. Haye has earned championships in the Cruiserweight and Heavyweight divisions as a pro.
Known as the "Hayemaker", British boxing fans can't get enough of Haye, whereas the same fans can't wait for "Fraudley" Harrison to go away.
Despite being ranked outside of the top ten by the WBA, the same organization felt that Harrison's 12th round knockout of Michael Sprott was apparently enough to earn him a shot at Haye's piece of the heavyweight title.
Like many other of the WBA's rulings, this one too proved to be a swing and a miss as it took David Haye just three rounds to display his superiority over Harrison in front of 22,000 fans at the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester.
Both fighters started off at a measured pace leaving the crowd restless early on during the bout billed as Britain's biggest heavyweight bout since Lennox Lewis took on Frank Bruno in 1993.
The action picked up a bit in the second round when Haye began to let his hands go while Audley, just as in the first stanza, remained inactive.
Did Audley Harrison Deserve A Shot At Haye's WBA Heavyweight Title?
It wasn't until the third round that the crowd was treated to what they paid for. Haye came out much more aggressively and began to land at will, while to no one's surprise, Audley sat and watched Haye's performance.
Haye landed a hard combination and sent the challenger to the canvas. Harrison beat the count but Haye followed up with another barrage of punches prompting referee Luis Pabon rightfully called a halt to this farce of a bout.
Immediately following the fight, number one contender and former WBA Champ, Ruslan Chagaev, much like the rest of the boxing world, voiced his displeasure regarding the performance of Harrison as well as the bout in general. He later went on to state that he is ready to give Haye a much tougher challenge than the one just presented and will ultimately regain the title he vacated.
As the number one contender, and rightful challenger to the WBA crown, a fight between Haye and Chagaev would be welcome by this scribe if a bigger matchup between Haye and one of the Klitschko's is not immediately made.
Following the fight Harrison released a statement apologizing to the boxing community for not faring better in what will hopefully be the last time he receives an unwarranted crack at the title.
The British Board of Boxing of Control recently announced that they will consider withholding a portion of Harrison's purse due to his poor performance.
That's one way to handle it, but the way I see it, Harrison should have never been granted the opportunity to contend for Haye's WBA Heavyweight title in the first place.
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