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"The board have rescinded purses when we feel a fighter has not tried.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.
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