Boxing: Harrison poised for Haye showdown
Monday 23 August 2010
Audley Harrison looks set to secure an unlikely world heavyweight title challenge against fellow Englishman David Haye in November.
The 2000 Olympic gold medallist emerged as a surprise contender when WBA champion Haye was unable to agree a unification bout with either of the Klitschko brothers.
The former European champion's promoters claim a deal has been agreed for the pair to clash at the MEN Arena in Manchester on November 13 - although contracts have not been signed.
Harrison, who put himself in the frame by winning the European title earlier this year, said to Haye today: "I'm about as bored as every other fight fan about hearing why you won't accept fights. What are we in this game for?
"I say to try and win titles and create a legacy but if it's money you want then outside of the Klitschko fight I'm the only guy that makes you money. I am accepting the terms you have offered me and now we will see what you are made of.
"So let's stop with the bull********, man up and get this fight signed. So bring on the Battle of Britain and I will be the Hayebreaker come November 13."
Harrison's promoter Eddie Hearn added: "The hard work is done and now it's up to Haye and (manager Adam) Booth.
"We are at the end of the line now, everything is in place and now it's up to them.
"This is a £10million fight and the biggest the country has ever seen, but more than that it's personal between them - there will be no love lost in the ring if we get this signed."
When Haye was unable to agree a deal with WBO/IBF champion Wladimir Klitschko or WBC holder Vitali, Harrison and Polish contender Tomasz Adamek were the likeliest alternatives.
While a fight with Harrison would make less global impact, the showdown would create huge interest in Britain despite Harrison's questionable credentials.
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