Audley Harrison, 28-5-0, takes on upcoming undefeated heavyweight prospect David Price, 13-0-0, at the Echo Arena, Liverpool tonight.
On paper it may look a tad one sided in terms of numbers and experience but Price is looking impressive at the moment, he has steamed through some solid domestic opposition.
He is now the British and Commonwealth champion, and now looks to defend said belts against Harrison.
I have said this a few times before, as has Harrison, but this could very well be his last chance…no really.
The problem with Harrison is that he is a talented fighter, but he never really made the switch from amateur to pro, that’s why we saw him look his best when he won Prize-fighter as its 3 minute 3 round format probably suited him.
You could go on and on about Audley's career so I will stick to recent performances, which is as much for your benefit as it is for my sanity.
In his last three outings he went 2-1 with Ali Adams, David Haye and Michael Sprott.
The Haye fiasco was a shocker. It made all the news, the man who said repeatedly ‘Yes I Can’…couldn’t, in fact he didn’t even try, with the British Board Of Boxing Control debating on whether to give him his purse, as throwing one punch for three rounds doesn’t really constitute a Boxing match.
The Sprott fight Harrison was losing on all cards, until he pulled a wonder-punch from out of the bag and KO’d Sprott late in the 12th round, fair-doos, it was a good shot and at least that was some vengeance for Sprott knocking out Harrison earlier in his career...but it was just Michael Sprott.
Harrison fought Adams for the International Masters title and stopped him in four. Adams though was no stern opposition, Southern Area or English level at absolute best.
So what with Price being at home, and looking at the way he dealt with Sam Sexton the way he did, and John McDermott, KO’s in the fourth and first, you have to fancy Price to stop Harrison in the early rounds.
Price is the one with everything to lose here, he will not want to nor can he afford to lose to Harrison so he will be looking to do a job on him, with that big cannon of a right hand he is in possession of.
Will it prove anything when he does stop him? Not really. The upset here is if Audley brings his A game and stops or outboxes Price, which shouldn’t happen…I hope that doesn’t happen.
Oh come on, you were all thinking the same.