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Harrison takes his second prize title

Audley Harrison

Audley Harrison

Audley Harrison has won his second heavyweight Prizefighter tournament, defeating three opponents - including Belfast’s Martin Rogan - on one night to take the prize at the York Hall.

Harrison won the event in 2009 but has since suffered damaging losses to David Haye and David Price.

The Briton beat Dane Claus Bertino in 33 seconds, then Rogan on points.

In the final, he knocked down American Derric Rossy twice, finishing the fight in the second round.

Belfast heavyweight Rogan had got off to a good start as he defeated Albert Sosnowski in his quarter-final but he just could not get to grips with Harrison in the semi-finals and Harrison held on to win on points.

But Rogan showed that there is more left in the tank - but where does he go from here?

Meanwhile David Price is confident he can get back on track despite a shocking second-round stoppage defeat to Tony Thompson.

The Liverpool heavyweight was caught by a punch on the ear which left him on the canvas with his senses scrambled.

The British champion got back to his feet but was on unsteady legs when referee Steve Gray called a halt to the fight, sending the 6,000 Echo Arena crowd into a stunned silence.

“It’s disappointing but to be honest it’s not the end of the world,” Price said.

“These things happen - I know that more than anyone. I’ll come back stronger and I know everyone says that, but what happened there was more of a freak than anything.

“I’m not going to be too downhearted about it, even though I’m gutted. I can’t feel sorry for myself, I’ve just got to get back to where I was. It might take a bit longer but I’ve got time.

“It’s happened to the best heavyweights over the years and with a bit of luck it might turn out to be the best thing that’s happened to me.’

 

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