45 Facts About Audley Harrison

1.

Audley Harrison became the European heavyweight champion in 2010, after defeating Michael Sprott in a rematch of their 2007 bout.

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In 2013, Audley Harrison won his second Prizefighter tournament, becoming the first boxer to do so.

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3.

Boxing out of Repton Amateur Boxing Club in Bethnal Green, London, Audley Harrison became British super heavyweight champion in 1997, defeating Nick Kendall in the final.

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4.

Audley Harrison retained the title in 1998, defeating Dean Redmond, and won gold at the 1998 Commonwealth Games beating Michael Macquae of Mauritius in the final.

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5.

In 2001, Audley Harrison released his autobiography Realising the Dream and set up his own company, A Force Promotions, to manage his career and concluded several high-profile sponsorships deals and became the first boxer in Britain to sign a direct broadcast deal.

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6.

Audley Harrison's debut was against US club fighter Michael Middleton, whom Harrison knocked out in the first round in Wembley Arena with 6 million viewers watching at home.

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7.

Audley Harrison was then out of action for several months with an injury, but by the end of the year outpointed Briton Derek McCafferty over six rounds.

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8.

Audley Harrison continued to win and made his United States debut in November 2002, knocking out Shawn Robinson in the 1st round.

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9.

Audley Harrison then tried to arrange a fight with 41-year-old ex-World champion Frank Bruno, who had been retired for seven years.

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10.

Audley Harrison and Hide were both penalised by the British Boxing Board of Control for the riot.

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11.

Audley Harrison had three more fights in 2003, against Lisandro Diaz, Quinn Navarre, and Brian Nix, in America.

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12.

Audley Harrison was sparring regularly with experienced world class Heavyweights like Vaughn Bean.

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13.

Audley Harrison returned to the UK in 2004, but instead of fighting new British champion Michael Sprott for the British title, he fought unbeaten Dutch fighter Richel Hersisia for the World Boxing Foundation World belt.

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14.

Audley Harrison defended the title twice: a 12-round points win over late-sub Julius Francis, and a 9th-round TKO of unbeaten Tomasz Bonin.

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15.

Audley Harrison's contract was not renewed in 2004 and the BBC stopped broadcasting professional boxing.

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16.

Audley Harrison returned to the ring in June 2005, knocking out Robert Davis and Robert Wiggins.

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17.

Audley Harrison stepped in after Matt Skelton had pulled out and took the bout on five weeks notice.

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18.

Audley Harrison put the defeat down to loss of confidence from his defeat to Williams and insisted he would bounce back.

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19.

On 17 February 2007, Audley Harrison was knocked out by Michael Sprott for the European Union title.

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20.

Audley Harrison claimed that he could make a comeback, but Warren suggested that any return to the ring would be for a reduced purse, since the public would have no great interest.

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21.

Audley Harrison returned to fight Paul King for a bout scheduled for 29 September 2007 in Sheffield.

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22.

However, he and his coach Kelvyn Travis were involved in a car accident on 21 September 2007 in the United States, and Audley Harrison suffered injuries that caused the fight to be cancelled.

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23.

Audley Harrison had suggested that a deal would be announced involving promoter Dennis Hobson, but the cancellation of the fight meant that a formal announcement was on hold.

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24.

On 6 December 2008, Audley Harrison's career seemed all but over as he was defeated by the winner of the first Prizefighter tournament and Belfast taxi driver, Martin Rogan.

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25.

Audley Harrison signed for the Prizefighter tournament, an eight-man, one-night knockout tournament that took place at ExCeL London on 2 October 2009.

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26.

Audley Harrison went on to win the tournament, by way of second round knock-out against Coleman Barrett.

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27.

On 9 April 2010, Audley Harrison won the vacant EBU belt against old foe Michael Sprott at Alexandra Palace.

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28.

Audley Harrison knocked out Sprott in the final round despite being behind on all three judges scorecards.

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29.

Audley Harrison claimed he sustained a shoulder injury early in the fight and had to carry on single-handed.

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30.

On 24 April 2010, Audley Harrison underwent surgery in Cheadle, Greater Manchester to repair the torn Pectoralis major muscle.

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31.

On 8 June 2010, Audley Harrison vacated his European title, announcing his intention of getting a world title shot.

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32.

Audley Harrison was defeated by Haye, with the fight being stopped in the third round after Audley Harrison was unable to respond to a barrage of punches from Haye.

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33.

Statistics from the fight showed that Audley Harrison only landed a single punch in the entire duration of the contest.

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34.

Audley Harrison was heavily criticised for his performance after the bout.

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35.

Audley Harrison disgraced himself and he disgraced British heavyweights, he shouldn't get paid the reported million pounds he is earning after that shambles.

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36.

On 3 December 2010, it was confirmed Audley Harrison would continue his career as a professional boxer despite calls for him to retire.

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37.

Audley Harrison returned to the ring on 26 May 2012 and boxed Ali Adams at the Brentwood Centre, Essex for the International Masters Championships.

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38.

Audley Harrison sent his opponent to the canvas with a right hand and although Adams managed to get to his feet, a flurry of follow-up shots from Audley Harrison prompted the referee to step in and end the contest.

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39.

Audley Harrison faced David Price on 13 October 2012, and lost the fight by knockout after 82 seconds of the first round.

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40.

Audley Harrison announced that he would not retire from boxing and will box on.

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41.

On 23 February 2013 Audley Harrison won the Prizefighter 29: The International Heavyweights III tournament, defeating Derric Rossy in the final.

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42.

On 26 March 2014, Audley Harrison announced he was no longer a professional boxer, and would not return to the ring.

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43.

On 6 September 2011, it was announced that Audley Harrison would take part in the 2011 series of Strictly Come Dancing.

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44.

Audley Harrison came second in the 2014 Summer edition of Celebrity Big Brother, and in 2016 he took part in Celebrity MasterChef.

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45.

In 2015 Audley Harrison revealed he was suffering from traumatic brain injuries leading to sight problems and severe mood swings.

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