• Heavyweight

Audley: Fury & Price need me

ESPN staff
May 24, 2012
Audley Harrison ranks his performance in beating Danny Williams as one of his best © Getty Images

Audley Harrison has told David Price and Tyson Fury that he is the man to face if they want to reach a wider audience and realise their earning potential.

Harrison, whose last fight was a losing effort against David Haye in November 2010, returns to the ring against Ali Adams in Brentwood on Saturday.

The former Olympic gold medallist is targeting a showdown with Price, the British champion, or Fury if he can find a way past Adams. It is debatable whether or not the two emerging heavyweights would be keen on the contest: Fury recently brushed aside Martin Rogan, who has a win over Harrison on his record.

But Harrison remains confident that his high profile, bolstered by an appearance on Strictly Come Dancing, is alluring to potential opponents.

Asked by ESPN how he would sell the fight to Fury and Price, Harrison said: "I don't need to. I'm an Olympic gold medallist, David Price is an Olympic bronze medallist.

"Against Ali Adams, people want to see what I've got left. That's why it's not on TV. It's like my punishment for the Haye fight, that's why I'm off TV. If I win this fight, there's gonna be opportunities to go back to where I'm supposed to be.

"[Fury] is going to say, 'Yeah he lost to Martin Rogan, but he destroyed Danny Williams.' He's going to be asking what Audley's going to turn up.

"They need to sell. I've just come off Strictly Come Dancing, the highest-rated show on television, so you're going to get three or four million watching the fight. They want to make money, and they want people to start watching their fights."

Harrison insists he will retire from boxing if Adams gets the better of him.

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