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Lewis backs Harrison for upset
Former world heavyweight champion behind the challenger
Posted Nov 08, 2010 by Jeff Dawson
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The countdown is on and fight fans all across the world only have a few more sleeps to wait until the biggest British boxing showdown at Manchester’s MEN Arena on Saturday.
And this weekend, Lennox Lewis, perhaps the greatest British heavyweight of all time, has thrown his support behind the challenger Audley Harrison, claiming the former Olympic Champion has the power to cause an upset and knock out current WBA World Heavyweight Champion David Haye.
Last week I claimed that this wouldn’t and couldn’t happen as Haye is the better boxer possessing greater power, speed and accuracy than his former friend and now bitter rival. But when the great Lewis comes out and backs Harrison, you have to re-evaluate your position and analyse the facts once more.
Here’s what Lewis told Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek: “Audley realises this time it’s now or never. He sounds very confident. Audley’s got the power to stun the world and upset everybody’s thinking. It’s another great fight for Britain. David Haye is a better boxer, he con get off his combinations quicker. But he is a consummate pro. He is an Olympic champion and that is a great pedigree. There have been a couple of stumbling blocks but he is still here. That shows me the desire to be accomplished and successful. I think it will be a close fight.”
Taking all that on board, I still have to disagree with Lewis. I can’t see Harrison posing that much of a threat and unless he has improved greatly since his last few fights then there is no way the Hayemaker is going to be troubled by him.
Harrison’s career has stumbled along until now and he has lost fights that a fighter who claims to be one of the best in the world should never lose. He was beaten by an overweight Danny Williams and then by Dominick Guinn in 2005 before Michael Sportt knocked him out in 2007 and Martin Rogan outpointed him in 2008. He was also behind on all three judges’ scorecards in the rematch with Sprott in his last fight before pulling out a knockout punch in the final round.
Haye, meanwhile, is a former undisputed cruiserweight champion and won the WBA world title in only his third fight after stepping up to the division. His speed and power make him a formidable opponent.
I hope this Box Office contest lives up to the billing but I’m still convinced Haye will emerge victorious by way of knock out in the early stages of the fight.