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Harrison allowed to keep Haye purse

ESPN staff
January 11, 2011
Audley Harrison lasted three rounds against David Haye © PA Photos

The British Boxing Board of Control has announced that it will not withhold Audley Harrison's purse for his fight with David Haye.

Harrison was ridiculed for his efforts in November's WBA heavyweight title clash, which he lost via third-round stoppage.

The challenger was stuck in a defensive mindset for the duration of the contest, landing just one scoring punch.

Afterwards, Harrison claimed that he was the victim of a premature stoppage, and that he was just starting to get into his stride when the fight was ended.

Now the BBBoC has handed him a boost by refusing to penalise his underwhelming performance.

"The stewards of the British Boxing Board of Control, having interviewed Mr. Audley Harrison MBE with regard to his contest against Mr. David Haye … have accepted his explanation and will not be taking the matter any further," a statement read.

Harrison is set to return to the ring in 2011, having opted not to retire in the wake of his humiliation against Haye.

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