Audley Harrison, 38, the 2000 Olympic gold medallist rematches Michael Sprott in North London tonight for the vacant European heavyweight title - if Harrison avenges his Feb 2007 loss to Sprott & wins the euro title there's a very real possibility he'll end up in the ring with a Klitschko or David Haye in 2010!
For those who care, Harrison put together 19 wins on both sides of the pond before leading to a grudge match in 2005 with Danny Williams. He was too negative and lost a close split decision in a mostly dull fight. He went to America in 2006 and was negative again in being outpointed by Dominic Guinn. However he returned to these shores and fought Williams aggressively in a rematch, whacking the Brixton Bomber in three rounds and looking impressive doing so.
He was back on track until Feb 07 when Sprott came off the floor in the 1st to kayo Audley with a wild shot in the 3rd. Since then Audley dropped a questionable decision to Irishman Martin Rogan in a rousing brawl but scored three wins in one night to come out on top of the Prizefighter tournament. His record is 26-4 (19).
Sprott is the former British and Commonwealth heavyweight champ, and was jobbed of a decision for the European title a few years ago in Germany. He's beaten Timo Hoffman (immediately after his Klitschko fight), Audley Harrison and Danny Williams. After he lost his belt to Matt Skelton in 2004 he's spent most of his time boxing prospects in Germany, being on the wrong end of far too many hometown decisions. He's recently spent 4 weeks training with both Klitschko brothers and is a misleading 32-14 (17).
This is a Last Chance Saloon for both fellas and with the Ghost of Kayos Past (as the awesome Jack Obemeyer once said) looming over both men this could be explosive... It could also be dreadful.
Either way I'll be watching, hopefully A-Force can redeem himself tonight & win the European belt, then go out shooting versus a Klitschko. I'll put down the vodka now.