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Harrison to meet Walsh for WBO lightweight title

ESPN staff
March 31, 2013
Scott Harrison has struggled outside of the ring © PA Photos

Scott Harrison, the former WBO featherweight champion, will meet Liam Walsh for the WBO European lightweight crown on April 20.

Harrison, who vacated his featherweight belt after a combination of personal problems and weight issues restricted his ring action, has fought twice in the past eight years following a lengthy spell in jail following an assault conviction.

The 35-year-old will meet a man nine years his junior in Walsh, who holds the Commonwealth super-featherweight title. Currently unbeaten, Walsh had been due to meet Ricky Burns in December but was forced out of the bout due to a road accident.

Harrison said in a statement released by Frank Warren: "Walsh is a good young fighter, he's fast and he's ambitious and this is the fight that will show all the doubters that I'm back and I mean business.

"I've had two wins since making my comeback and this is the first high-profile fight against a young hungry fighter which will test me and show me how far I'm off challenging for a world title.

"A win will give me an important ranking in the top 10 of the WBO so this is must-win fight for me. I'm on my way back to the world title, it's going to be a hard road with everything I've gone through, but it will be an incredible story when I've achieved it."

The bout will appear on the undercard of Nathan Cleverly's clash with Robin Krasniqi at Wembley Arena.

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