Former Olympic Super Heavyweight Champion, Audley Harrison, 37, steps back into the ring on Saturday and has set his sights, fairly optimistically, on an all British Heavyweight showdown with David Haye.
Harrison, who's career has been up and down, to say the least, looks to further redeem his failing professional career against the unbeaten Irishman, Martin Rogan in London this weekend.
After his loss to Michael Sprott in February 2007, Harrison has again clawed his way back into the British Heavyweight mix. Two wins against, fairly ordinary opponents, have thrust Audley back into the reckoning for British and European title shots.
David Haye announced his arrival on the World Heavyweight scene with an impressive knock-out win over Monte Barrett last month, and is looking to fight one (or both) of the Klitschkos for the big prize—the Heavyweight Championship of the world.
Harrison talks a great game, and suggests a fight with fellow Briton, David Haye is a real possibility. “He (Haye) has put himself in a position where he's a genuine threat to the Klitschkos”, said Harrison, “I don't think he'll fight both of them, though, and I honestly believe that by this time next year I'll be back on track and in a position to challenge him”.
Harrison has often felt the sharp end of the British press' daggers, but has remained positive in spite of it. He said this week: "Other people's negativity isn't going to get to me. My philosophy, my beliefs, and my determination haven't wavered. I still believe that I'm going to be Heavyweight Champion of the world before I walk away from this sport."
We've been hearing about Harrison's unending self belief, and his ability to become a World Champion since his gold medal win in Sydney eight and a half years ago. But the clock ticks on for the 37-year-old and so far his 23-3 record reads like a who's who of mediocrity.
Harrison, is already looking past the dangerous Rogan, who has five knockouts in ten straight wins, he says of Haye: "If he wins a world title and I do too, a unification fight would be common sense."
There are more than a couple of problems with Harrison's proposed British super fight though—Haye, although a true contender for the Heavyweight title, will be an outsider to beat either of the Klitschkos, this however is not as far fetched as the former Olympians claims that he'll be World Champion.