By Wayne Bartlett: Audley Harrison and Ali Adams exchanged words in London’s west end this afternoon (Tuesday 22nd), ahead of exchanging punches at the Brentwood Centre on Saturday.
With press, fans and anyone else that wanted to come along in attendance, Harrison spent most of the conference fending off criticism from anyone with a question.
The pick of the questions at the press conference in Soho undoubtedly being, “Audley, why should we believe you this time?”
It isn’t the disbeliever’s Harrison has to worry about though, rather his opponent Ali Adams who appeared today just anxious to get the fight underway.
Adams, who’s promised throughout the build up to KO Harrison in four rounds, boiled over several times at the conference with some of Audley’s statements.
The Iraqi born heavyweight has more chance of beating Harrison physically than verbally that’s for sure. The Olympic gold medalist and former European champion could sell ice to an Eskimo.
Just ask anyone who forked out the Sky Box Office fee to watch him take on David Haye in his last fight.
The Steve Goodwin promoted card isn’t being broadcast on TV this Saturday so fans won’t have a chance to turn off the station, but Ali Adams has a chance to turn the lights off on Audley’s career.
-Quotes from the press conference-
Harrison: “After the David Haye fight a lot of people thought that would be the last of Mr A- Force. They thought it would be over so I’ve been sitting on the sidelines waiting for a door to come back in.
“In the 12 months that I’ve taken off my pec has come back together and so the guy that’s turning up on Saturday is the Audley that most people know and 90% of my performances have been above average performances. When it matters I turn up and do a job and come Saturday night, Mr Adams I will be turning up to do a job.”
Ali Adams: “It means a lot to me. I respect what Audley has achieved in boxing as a gold medalist but I’m fighting for my father. My father died last year 26th may so this fight is going to be a one year anniversary so this fight is an opportunity and I’m not going to let it go.”
Harrison: “The reason I’m taking this fight this is about my legacy this is about my legacy.”
Adams: What legacy?
Harrison: “I’m an Olympic gold medalist you *****hole.”
Adams: “That was 12 years ago.”
Harrison: “It doesn’t matter, that’s something you can only dream about.”
Harrison: “This is definitely my last hurrah, if I lose to Ali Adams its over.”
Adams: “You are losing.”
Harrison: “Trust me I’m not losing to Ali Adams.”
Adams: “Wait ‘til I see you on Saturday.”
Harrison: “The Audley Harrison that turned up and beat Danny Williams in the second fight, the Audley Harrison that beat Michael Sprott and Rachel Hersisia that’s who you’re facing.”
Adams: “You were losing ‘til the last second against Michael Sprott what are you on about.
Harrison: “Michael Sprott would knock you out you joker.”
Adams trainer, Don Charles: “The Ali you are watching on YouTube, carry on watching because that is not the Ali that’s going to turn up on Saturday night.”
Harrison: “I’m glad he’s brought Charles on because had he not, the fight would be over in the first round.
“You don’t have to believe in me. The fight is called redemption or retirement and that is what it is.”
May 22, 2012