Boxing’s eternal optimist, Audley “A-Force” Harrison, has announced on Twitter that he has agreed to a fight with unbeaten American and former sparring partner Deontay Wilder on the undercard of the Amir Khan/Juan Diaz bout on April 27th.
No secrets in boxing eh!I have AGREED to take fight with 5 weeks notice. We’re close, hopefully weget there on all details. Nothing more
More worrying for Harrison is the fact that every one of those wins has come via knockout. Wilder is a murderous puncher and none of his victims has even made it beyond the fourth round. Indeed, no fewer than 15 have been stopped in the first.
Given Harrison’s reputation for freezing when facing big punchers – he infamously threw one punch in three rounds against David Haye, and was savagely knocked out by David Price in the first round of their fight last year – there is a rather worrying prospect of A-Force getting seriously hurt.
However, he appears – on the face of things – to have shaken off many of the mental demons that have plagued him in recent years. He claims to be training with renewed vigour, and fighting without fear.
And whilst Wilder has some unbeaten fighters on his resumé, none of them come with the CV of Harrison.
Regardless of how fight fans, pundits, and the general public view Harrison’s career, his gold medal win is an outstanding achievement. At his best, he is a classy boxer with a good judge of range and a threatening left hand.
If he can use his ring smarts to negate Wilder’s power, he would expect to be able to outbox him with his experience.
That’s a huge “if”, though.
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