Audley Harrison and Michael Sprott attended the Alexandra Palace in North London today to weigh-in ahead of their Friday night bout for the European (EBU) championship.
Harrison came in at 17 Stone, 12lbs, while Sprott came in over a stone lighter at 16 Stone, 9lbs.
This surely has to be the last chance saloon for Harrison and probably for Sprott too.
Audley performed well in Prizefighter in October of last year and showed more courage and heart than in possibly his whole career, but I have to question whether that was a one off.
I sincerely hope not!
Perhaps it was the fact that Harrison was in the last chance saloon in Prizefighter that spurred him on to put on good performances and tomorrow he will be in the same situation.
Public perception of him as of this moment is still quite low and Audley will need to instill trust into them if he wants support.
Tickets are still on sale and have not sold out. This is rather abnormal for an Olympic Gold medallist heavyweight boxer, and it’s not very surprising either given Audley’s reputation.
A world title shot has been mentioned if he wins but it’s very difficult to see Harrison win a world title at this stage, taking into account his age and the current quality of World Champions that hold belts in the heavyweight division.
As for Michael Sprott, he has lost four of his last six bouts, his last great victory being his win over Harrison in their contest at Wembley Arena in 2007.
I have the feeling that good strategy is at play here and A-Force Harrison will get his revenge over a very faded Sprott.
If discussions commence again between David Haye and the Klitschko’s, and then fall through, I would expect talk to begin for a mega British showdown between Harrison and Haye to take place, possibly at Wembley.
And it’s a fight that I can see being made rather easily as Harrison has said he will never retire unless he is World Champion but I would think he would retire after losing to Haye knowing he fought for one of sport’s biggest prizes!