By Clive Bernath: Providing Michael Sprott comes through what is expected to be a routine six round warm up fight against Werner Kreiskott in Dusseldorf, Germany on Saturday night the 35 year-old has agreed to rematch Audley Harrison for the vacant European heavyweight title on April 9.
Sprott, through his manager and trainer Jim Evans, has agreed to step in and face Harrison at short notice following original opponent and champion Albert Sosnowski’s decision to withdraw in favour of a crack at WBC champion Vitali Klitschko on May 29.
Sprott vs Harrison of course depends on the Reading based fighter coming through this weekend’s fight victorious and injury free. Despite being out of the ring since dropping a 10 round decision to Alexander Ustinov in June 2009, Sprott should be ready and sharp enough to face the former Olympic super-heavyweight champion. Sprott has continued to train in anticipation of a fight at short notice and for the last three weeks has been sparring regularly with IBF/WBO heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko, who defends his titles against American Eddie Chambers in Dusseldorf Saturday night.
The first time Sprott and Harrison clashed was for the European Union title in February 2007. On that occasion Sprott flattened Harrison inside three rounds and Evans fully expects the same result this time.
Speaking to SecondsOut earlier today Jim Evans said: “The EBU contract has be sent to us but not signed yet. Michael prefers to get the Kreiskott fight out of the way first. Michael has never been cut in forty five pro fights but we don’t want to tempt fate.
“Boxing is all about opportunities and hopefully this one has fallen to Michael. He did say he’d take the fight but wants to concentrate on his upcoming fight first. I doubt Audley Harrison will be too confident of facing Michael again after the last result. Michael has had the best sparring with Wladimir, who is the same height as Audley. Preperation does not get much better than sparring the best heavyweight on the planet.”
March 19, 2010