By Clive Bernath: Despite only throwing one punch and folding like a pack of cards from the first barrage of punches from David Haye on November 13 and receiving worldwide criticism, Audley Harrison has decided to continue boxing.
Of course it is Harrison’s right to continue boxing but considering the way in which he promised so much and delivered so very little in a fight for the heavyweight championship of the world, it is somewhat surprising that the former Olympic super-heavyweight wants to fight again. And more to the point, anyone would actually want to see him fight again.
It has to be said and goes without saying that anyone who is brave enough to lace up the gloves and enter the ring deserves the utmost respect but surely Audley is suffering from far more delusional tendencies than at first thought?
It is plain for everyone to see that at the age of 39 the dream that never was disappeared for ever as soon as Haye delivered his first ‘Hayemaker.
Below is the official statement sent out by Audley Harrison earlier today
A STATEMENT FROM AUDLEY HARRISON
“The tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach. It isn’t a calamity to die with dreams unfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream. It isn’t a disgrace not to reach the stars, but it is a disgrace to have no stars to reach for.” Benjamin Mays
“After spending some time away reflecting on the fight and outcome, I have made the decision to continue my journey in boxing and carry on my career as a professional. The David Haye experience had many highs away from the ring and I’m happy I had a great training camp and worked with two of my brothers again in camp. I surrounded myself with a world class team and pushed myself to the limit in training and left my changing room knowing I had given my all to get to this point.
The outcry from the fight is expected as I didn’t get the result I wanted and the critics have once again tried to bury me under the rubble and hope I disappear. All I can say is I had a game plan and went into the ring to win. The way the fight ended was frustrating to me as I didn’t get going and was just settling into my rhythm.
Both styles of feinting and moving was off-setting the both of us in the first two rounds and I was just zoning in on his rhythm when he got through.
I’ll never be crash - bang - wallop and I’m glad about that; my style is unique but can run into problems like all styles can and I got caught by a good set of punches to go down. I give David credit as I never expected him to hurt me as he did, but anyone could see it was a premature stoppage and I should have been allowed to carry on and ride out the rough patch, even if that meant I would have got KO’d.
I think the Vitali Klitschko beating of Shannon Briggs a few weeks earlier and the public outcry made the referee jump in early and I was denied the opportunity to show my grit, determination and desire to be in there and compete and try to get back on level terms.
Let the haters and negative comments continue – I don’t really care. I know me and I can sleep at night as I’m happy with who I am today. Yes it hurts not to achieve your goals, but we roll up our sleeves and we try again; such is the beauty of life.”
December 1, 2010