Boxer Harrison set for £35m purse

Olympic boxing gold medalist Audley Harrison is being tipped to win £35m from a professional career and commercial endorsements.

Olympic boxing gold medalist Audley Harrison is being tipped to win £35m from a professional career and commercial endorsements.

Promoter Frank Maloney believes that's the earning potential of the sport's biggest new star.

Super-heavyweight Harrison, 29, boxed his way to glory and Britain's first Olympic boxing gold for 32 years by defeating Mukhtarkhan Dildebekov.

And Maloney is well used to judging the worth of champion boxers through his long association with world heavyweight title holder Lennox Lewis - himself the Olympic super-heavy champion in 1988.

Maloney said: "I am very interested in signing him with Frank Warren, but he's got to make the right decision."

Having struck gold on the premier stage in Sydney, a boxer as big and saleable as Harrison is bound to be a target for the American promoters.

But Maloney added: "For the moment, let him enjoy himself after winning the gold medal.

"He's coming up to 29 and he's probably got five years, and he's got to go the way he has done for the last four years up to the gold medal.

"Audley's performance in the Olympics was well planned, well prepared and I take my hat off to him for the way he did everything. In addition to boxing he could make so much money in endorsements."

Harrison's historic achievement in becoming the first Briton to win an Olympic Gold medal for 32 years was just the boost British boxing needed with no other major stars apparently emerging behind Lewis and Prince Naseem Hamed.

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