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Harrison calls out Haye
Heavyweight battle of Britain on the cards
Posted Aug 25, 2010 by Weekend Round-Up
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After Amir Khan last week suggested that he could face Ricky Hatton in an all-British super-fight, this weekend, Audley Harrison has demanded a showdown with former friend and WBA Heavyweight champion, David Haye.
Olympic Champion Harrison has called on Haye to “man up and get this fight signed” for a match-up in Manchester on November 13th.
Haye’s team has reportedly been working hard to get a ‘quality opponent’ for October or November of this year and if the fight with Harrison goes ahead, it could have a pot of £10m to split.
The heavyweight champion’s team had been in discussions with the Klitschko brothers, Wladimir and Vitali, about a possible unification bout later this year, but unfortunately those negotiations appeared to have stalled. The Klitschko’s currently hold the other heavyweight division belts. Vitali, meanwhile, has recently confirmed a title defence against 38-year-old American Shannon Briggs on October 16th in Hamburg, Germany.
Belfast boxer Brian Magee has said that the prospect of a world title fight will not hinder his preparations and performance in his upcoming European super-middleweight defence next month.
The 35-year-old faces Roman Aramian of Armenia in his first ever defence – this takes place at Dublin’s National Stadium on September 11th. He is also the number one contender for the WBA title, held by American Andre Ward.
Magee won the European crown last January when he stopped favourite Mads Larsen in Denmark.
The Dublin show on September 11th will also feature a second European title bout between Kiko Martinez of Spain and Arsen Martirosyan. Bernard Dunne was KO’d by Martinez in the first round of their 2007 European title fight but he then lost the belt during his first defence against Englishman Rendall Munroe.Elsewhere, flyweight Nicola Adams, lightweight Amanda Coulson and welterweight Savannah Marshall will represent England at the World Championships in Barbados from September 9th to 18th, the first tournament since the women’s sport gained Olympic status.