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Harrison to extend career
Humiliated boxer bids to carry on
Posted Dec 02, 2010 by Jeff Dawson
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Sometimes in sport, you know you’re done. You know it’s time to give up the ghost so to speak. And sometimes you carry on too long. And not there is another sad case of the latter in boxing as Audley Harrison has confirmed he will be returning to the ring.
Sad for two reasons. Firstly Harrison should recognise that he has achieved all he can in the sport and leave with some dignity instead of becoming a journeyman that will take any fight for any purse just to gain a little recognition.
And secondly, the fans no longer want to see Harrison fight. He had his chance against David Haye, he had his title shot and a chance to fulfil his ‘destiny’ and he failed to take it. In fact he was so pathetic in defeat, throwing just one punch, that those who had backed him ended up looking foolish.
Harrison continues to defend himself, saying it was all part of the plan and his tactics were to take it the distance, but surely to achieve that you still have to do something in the opening three rounds instead of just acting like David Haye’s punch bag?!
The humiliated 39-year-old may have appoint that the fight was stopped too early and that he was denied a chance to take it into the latter stages but the way it was going, and the fact he wasn’t defending himself effectively, really left the referee no option but to call a halt to proceedings.
It’s also been stated this week that the British Boxing Board of Control may yet decide to withhold part of Harrison’s purse after his lack of aggression at the MEN Arena. I think this is the right thing to do as it shows fighters that they can’t just turn up, take a few punches and walk away with millions of pounds.
For now, I think Harrison should go away, reconsider his decision to continue and do the right thing and bow out of the sport with some dignity in tact. Otherwise, he could become an even bigger laughing stock and that would be a massive shame for a guy the nation embraced when he won gold at the 2000 Olympics.