• Prizefighter: Heavyweights

Harrison wins second Prizefighter crown

ESPN staff
February 23, 2013
Audley Harrison emerged triumphant in London © Getty Images

Audley Harrison won his second Prizefighter crown after an entertaining evening of heavyweight boxing in London on Saturday.

Harrison, who also won the event back in 2009, faced unfancied American Derric Rossy in the final of the eight-fighter tournament, stopping the New Yorker in the second round with a flush cross to emerge victorious.

With that win, he claimed the dubious honour of becoming the first ever two-time Prizefighter champion.

"I've been trying to get back my mojo, and you can see it's back," Harrison said afterwards. "I'm in the best shape of my life and now I'm ready to finish my journey - finally."

Harrison had earlier beaten fellow 41-year-old Martin Rogan on points to reach the final before meeting Rossy, who was perhaps drained after two prior fights that went the full distance - both ultimately decided on split decision.

In the final Rossy acquitted himself well but, after being knocked down in the opening round, the referee was correct to end the contest when the American went down for the second time midway through the next stanza.

Harrison, who is adamant he will continue his professional career, will now look for another fight over a more conventional distance.

"In 2012 I fell back in love with boxing," Harrison added. "I'm really optimistic about the future, at 41.

"There is no sure-fire bet in the heavyweight division. I've shown that. I still think I've got something left."

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