Hearn: Audley should not enter the ring again but I understand why he does not want to call time on his career just yet

By Mike Dawes

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Audley Harrison’s former promoter Eddie Hearn has warned him against a comeback — but says he understands it.

Harrison, 41, initially said he was retiring after taking a 70-second beating from American Deontay Wilder last month, but last week announced he would be carrying on.

Hearn insists he will not be promoting any new fight, despite having offered Harrison a way back via his Prizefighter series — which Harrison won — after a defeat by British and Commonwealth champion David Price last year.

Change of heart: Audley Harrison announced he was retiring but decided to reverse his decision

Change of heart: Audley Harrison announced he was retiring but decided to reverse his decision

Embarrassing loss: Audley Harrison lost to Deontay Wilder in just 70 seconds

Embarrassing loss: Audley Harrison lost to Deontay Wilder in just 70 seconds

‘There is no denying Audley should not be fighting,’ said Hearn, head of Matchroom Boxing.

‘But he loves the sport. Retiring left him unhappy and, if that happens, you can’t deny a fighter the chance to come back.

'If he is going to sit at home and be depressed, maybe it is better he fights.’

Passion: Promoter Eddie Hearn said Audley Harrison should not be boxing anymore but appreciates it is hard for him to walk away from the ring

Passion: Promoter Eddie Hearn said Audley Harrison should not be boxing anymore but appreciates it is hard for him to walk away from the ring

But Hearn added: ‘He can’t operate at world level — or the fringe of it. He can only do British title level now. Every time he steps up he gets knocked out.

‘I told him before the Wilder fight that I didn’t think it was a great fight for him, but Audley thinks he can beat everyone.’

 


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I think he is trying to achieve the world record of "knocked out in 0 seconds". Well he is getting closer and closer it seems.

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He's come out of his "Two week" retirement because he knows he can get a nice pay day for getting knock over in the first round. Seriously, your intelligence will be questioned if you pay to watch this Guy.............

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