Boxing: Audley Harrison purse will not be withheld
Tuesday 11 January 2011
The British Boxing Board of Control have confirmed they will not be withholding Audley Harrison's purse following his controversial bout with David Haye last November.
Harrison angered a number of fight fans and pundits after landing just one punch before his third-round stoppage against the WBA Heavyweight Champion in Manchester on November 13, and the BBBC pledged to investigate the matter.
However, after interviewing the 39-year-old today, they have opted to let the matter rest.
A statement on their website, www.bbbofc.com, read: "The Stewards of the British Boxing Board of Control having interviewed Mr. Audley Harrison MBE with regard to his contest against Mr. David Haye at the MEN Arena, Manchester on Saturday, 13th November 2010 have accepted his explanation and will not be taking the matter any further."
Robert Smith, secretary of the BBBC, had said in the aftermath of the fight: "You have to bear in mind it was such a letdown for the 22,000 at the MEN Arena and the thousands watching at home.
"The board have rescinded purses when we feel a fighter has not tried. He did nothing all night."
It was widely expected that Harrison would retire following the loss but has since announced that he intends to fight on.
However, he has yet to confirm any plans.
Latest in Sport
Paul Scholes: Emirates was the easy option for Mesut Özil. He needs a leader - and Arsenal don't have them
Gareth Bale reveals the two things he hates about Real Madrid: 'Getting nutmegged and Spanish spiders'
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao
Cristiano Ronaldo shows off his dance moves, including the moonwalk
Terminally-ill Club Brugge fan Lorenzo Schoonbaert delays euthanasia appointment to see his beloved football club 'win one last time'
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Nigel Farage promises Ukip will not 'stigmatise' would-be migrants – and says he wants 'everyone to speak the same language'
Ex-head of MI6: 'We shouldn't kid ourselves that Russia is on a path to democracy'
Most people think legal tax avoidance is just as wrong as illegal tax evasion, poll suggests
£16000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They are an award-winning digit...
£45000 - £55000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: Senior VMware Platform En...
£10000 - £16000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A distributor of specialist ele...
£17000 - £19000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A distributor of specialist ele...