February 23, 2011
The last I saw of Audley Harrison (27-5, 20 KO), he was lying flat on his back after David Haye sparked him out inside 3 rounds. You’d have thought that after his humiliation he’d have faded away into much deserved obscurity. But no, Audley Harrison recently catapulted himself back into the public eye with his recent musings about Tyson Fury (14-0, 10 KO). Speaking on Twitter, the Olympic Champion stated:
“Fury’s got quick hands, but he’s not ready for me yet. He makes too many mistakes. After calling me out, I noticed in the post fight interview he didn’t call my name.”
Hmmm. Well, he may have a point there. I saw Fury’s fight against Marcelo Luiz Nascimento last Saturday night, and to be honest, Fury looked amateurish, no wonder Harrison fancies his chances. That said though, he probably fancied his chances against Haye and we all know where that ended. It’s quite astonishing to me that Audley Harrison would try to gee up interest in a potential match with Fury, surely he must know that he’s finished as a credible boxer?
Fury though, has quietly dropped Harrison as a potential opponent, knowing that he needs a decent bout, he’s started pointing at Dereck Chisora as a good fight for him. The problem with that though is that Chisora has the slightly more pressing matter of Vladimir Klitschko to contend with.
Now, boxers making ludicrous claims are all part and parcel of the sport, but incredibly Fury has alleged that Chisora is ducking him by taking the fight against Klitschko!
OK, so for Fury’s benefit, here’s what actually happened. The Chisora beat Danny Williams for the British title being a late replacement for Sam Sexton. After he beat Williams, he beat Sexton for the second time as Sexton was his mandatory challenger. Chisora isn’t due to defend his title until March 2011 at the earliest, in the meantime he fights Klitschko. Fury complaining that Chisora is refusing to face him is absolute balderdash, Chisora knows that Fury is the next mandatory challenger and has already said that he’s happy to fight Fury after he fights Klitschko.
While Fury is waiting to get in the ring with “Del Boy” Chisora, maybe he should work on developing those boxing skills. I seriously feel that if Chisora and Fury meet up anytime soon, Chisora would seriously damage Fury.
November 14, 2010
Oh dear, oh dear oh dear, where do we start?
OK, well Harrison sucked, quite frankly, in less than three rounds of boxing, Harrison threw and landed precisely…one punch.
That Harrison was going to lose was never really in doubt, but I think that we all thought that Harrison may put up more of a performance.
So, apologies to you all. Even though I predicted a Haye KO, I predicted it two rounds early, thinking that Harrison would at least last for six minutes longer than he did. Harrison had his big chance tonight and he blew it, his much vaunted left (which may have won it for him), never made an appearance.
And that’s it, Harrison was so bad, there is literally nothing to analyse, luckily, I didn’t pay £15 to watch it. Maybe now Haye will stop ducking the Klitschkos
November 1, 2010
A few months ago, only the boxing cognoscenti would have heard of Dereck Chisora (14-0, 9KO), the current British Heavyweight Champion. But in a move that seems to typify the heavyweight division today, Chisora finds himself on the edge of making boxing history. On the 11th December, Chisora will fight Vladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49KO) with the latter’s IBF, IBO and WBO Heavyweight titles on the line.
How did this happen? How has Chisora found himself in this position? Well, the impressive wins over Danny Williams and Sam Sexton have helped, but it isn’t like Chisora has fought the best in the division yet. I would suggest that the reason Chisora has been given this opportunity is down to Mr David Haye.
David Haye versus any of the Klitschko brothers remains the only fight in the Heavyweight division that the average man on the street would want to watch. But with Haye taking the “easy” route by fighting Audley Harrison it would seem that any fight involving Haye and a Klitschko is at least 12 months away.
I would suggest that there are no other credible fighters for Vladimir to face, the American heavyweight scene is deader than the proverbial Dodo. David Tua (51-3, 43KO), the Samoan, is still on his comeback, but he’s 37 years old! While this vacuum of talent exists in the Heavyweight division, it’s not surprising that Chisora, a promising 26 year old, has been presented with this opportunity.
I think Klitschko is going to use Chisora to send a message to David Haye. Physically, the odds are stacked against the Briton with Chisora giving up 5 inches in height and 7 inches in reach. The fight also takes place in Germany, meaning that it’s unlikely that Chisora will get a decision, should some miracle occur that Chisora makes it to round 12.
Chisora is going to get a beating, a bad beating.
Prediction: Klitschko to carry Chisora for a few rounds, but I don’t see this one going past round 7.
October 20, 2010
Been a while since my last boxing entry, let’s kick off with a few thoughts about the upcoming bout between Audley Harrison (27-4, 20KO) and David Haye (24-1, 22KO).
In the biggest all British fight since Lewis v Bruno in 1993, not many people have given the Olympic Super Heavyweight Champion that much of a chance beyond that of the puncher. The general consensus is that Haye is too quick, too strong and too damn good looking to have that much of a problem dealing with Southpaw Londoner.
I tend to agree to a point.
Haye is the superior fighter; he’s fought the (arguably) tougher fighters and will have the backing of the crowd when he takes on Harrison on November 13th at the MEN in Manchester. But let’s be real, who has Haye fought of any real note in the Heavyweight division? Nicolai Valuev (50-2, 34KO)? John Ruiz (44-9, 30KO)? He pulled out of the deal to fight the Klitschko Brothers, who would surely have given him a thorough hiding, citing a shonky back and seems to have been quietly avoiding meeting up with them ever since. I don’t know, maybe he intends to “wait” the Klitschkos out, Vitali is 39 years old and Wladimir is 34, but I strongly suspect that even when Vitali turns 40, he’ll still be able to spark Haye out fairly easily.
This could be an interesting fight for a couple of reasons.
Believe it or not, it’s actually Harrison who has the momentum, having won his last four fights, including a dramatic 12th round KO of Michael Sprott (35-15, 17 KO) to win the EBU European Heavyweight Championship and his being victorious in the “Prizefighter” tournament held last year. Haye, by comparison, hasn’t fought since the 3rd April and has only fought 3 times at Heavyweight since beating Enzo Macarinelli (32-5, 25KO) way back on the 8th March 2008.
Let’s also consider the physical, Haye stands at 6’3’’ with a reach of 78’’, no small man by any means. Harrison though stands at 6’5’’ with a reach of 86’’, Harrison normally also weighs in at 116 kg with Haye coming in at a comparatively svelte 95 kg, over 20kg difference between the two. Rest assured, if Harrison catches Haye, Haye is going to struggle to get to his feet.
And this is what makes the fight interesting, both fighters are a bit “chinny” and Haye likes to throw bombs. He’ll be looking to take out Harrison early (primarily to impress the Klitschko brothers and demonstrate that he’s still a major name) while Harrison will be fighting in the biggest bout of his career. Harrison’s always had the tools, nows the time for the Olympic champion to do the business.
Haye v Harrison, it’ll be interesting, but don’t expect it to go the distance.
Prediction: Haye KO, Round 5