DAVID HAYE STOPS AUDLEY HARRISON
Haye wins heavyweight flop
David Haye stopped Audley Harrison in the third round of one of the worst heavyweight fights ever seen in Britain to retain his WBA title in Manchester on Saturday night.
Former Olympic Games champion Harrison made no attempt to fight and took an eight count in the third before the bout was stoppped.
Most of the 20000 spectators in the MEN Arena were furious at the lack of action.
In the first round, nothing happened. In the second, not much more. The referee, Luis Pabon, cheered by the crowd, had to tell the two boxers to get on with it.
Harrison had thrown no meaningful punch when the third round started.
Harrison wasted no time in going down when Haye landed a couple of punches in the third and after another short barrage Pabon stepped in and made an end to the non-fight, 1 minute 53 seconds into the round.
Harrison, 39 years old, weighed 115 kg and Haye 95.5 kg, the lightest he had been as a heavyweight.
Harrison, who had won an Olympic gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Games, will probably never fight again. Five defeats in 28 professional fights will be, it is to be hoped, the record that he will take into retirement.
Haye, 30, will now have to try getting into the ring with one of the Klitschko brothers, Vitali or Wladimir, who hold the other versions of the heavyweight title.
HAYE HUGS HARRISON
Sapa-AP reports that Harrison, bitter at Haye for ignoring him at his lowest point after helping Haye rise to the top, was more than 18 kg heavier and 5cm taller than the champion, but it didn't matter.
"I was patient," Haye said. "I knew the jeers would turn into cheers."
Haye gave Harrison a hug as they met for their post-match news conference and said: "Whatever differences we had, that's in the past.
"We made sacrifices to get in the ring. I came off the better man and was always confident I would do.
"The fact he wouldn't look in my eye when I got into the ring told me he didn't want to engage. I like to look in their eyes and say 'Let's do this.' He wouldn't do that and was looking everywhere but my eyes.
"I put a lot of money on the third round and lot of my friends and family did."
Harrison left to more boos, but said his defensive style was part of his tactics. "I went in there believing I could win. I felt it was my moment but wasn't to be," he said.
"I thought the crowd were booing both me and David Haye and I was comfortable my plan was coming together.
"But give credit to David. He's a puncher and we know that. I didn't freeze out there. I'm not going to put my chin out there. I'm not a gung-ho type of fighter.
"It's disappointing, but I've no excuses. I had a chance at the world title, but I've come up short."
The knockout was Haye's 23rd in 25 wins, against one loss.
Earlier, Enad Licina beat Felix Cora on points in an eliminator to fight Steve Cunningham for the IBF cruiserweight title. Licina improved to 19-2, with 10 knockouts and Cora fell to 22-4-2; 12.
The scores were 116-112 on two cards and 116-113.
George Groves stopped Kenny Anderson in the sixth round of a super-middleweight bout after being knocked down in the third.
Stuart hall retained his British bantamweight title when he stopped Gary Davies in the seventh round to move his career record to 10-0-1; 6. Davies now stands at 10-4-1; 8.
Haye batters Harrison as expected
By Spider Ricoclose, Author: Spider Rico, Name: Richard Gammon
David Haye (25-1, 23 KOs) demolished Audley Harrison (27-5, 20 KOs) in just three rounds to defend his WBA heavyweight title in front of a packed crowd at the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester.
The fight was considered by boxing fans and experts alike as a farce – a soft opponent for Haye instead of taking up the challenge of facing one of the Klitschko brothers – and it proved to be just that.
Harrison was timid from the outset seemingly waiting for a perfect moment to throw a punch that never came. Neither fighter did anything for the first two rounds and the crowd were letting their feelings be known and wanted their money’s worth.
Haye began to turn up the pressure in round three and sensing Harrison had nothing for him went in for the kill – jumping all over Harrison – who elected to cover up rather than fight. But the looping shots of Haye were connecting as he let his hands go more freely with Harrison trying desperately to survive – he got knocked down after a right hand shook Harrison who was all over the place at this point. A barrage of punches landed sending him face down to the canvas moments later.
Haye pounced on him as soon as he got back to his feet and after Haye connected on multiple right hands the ref had seen enough even if the crowd hadn’t.
Overall it was an embarrassing night for Audley Harrison (and for British boxing in truth) who showed us what we always knew about him – that as far as being a prizefighter goes he lacks the heart, the confidence and the talent to be a world champion. Here he was in the biggest fight of his life for the WBA title and he showed absolutely nothing.
After the fight Haye, his usual cocky self, continued to belittle the Klitschko’s opponents and said he would give us the fight we all want next year and take on a Klitschko brother. Whether he will stay true to his word who knows but tonight he made alot of money for very little work which was obviously a smart thing to do. But fans want to see him tested and to try to go for the other belts left in the division. It means taking on two of the most fearsome heavyweights this era has ever seen and a task he doesn’t seem all that keen to take up.
For Audley this must be, has to be the end of the road for him. His career started with huge potential but ultimately ended in disaster with a few memorable moments on the way. Winning the Prizefighter and knocking out Michael Sprott in a great comeback being the main highlights in an otherwise forgettable career.
Harrison never stood a chance in there for one second but he could have at least gone out with some pride. With this victory however Haye’s bragging rights are very limited, he was expected to win comfortably and did. It didn’t help he admitted given Audley a pass till the third round because he and all his friends had money on him stopping him in that round. The crowds were displeased and voiced it during Haye’s post fight interview.
There is now absolutely no option for Haye he either has to put up or shut up when the time comes again for another negotiation with the Klitschko’s or carry on cashing in by fighting unworthy challenges – something he frequently accuses the Klitschko’s of doing. If he does choose that route though he can’t be surprised when he comes under scrutiny because what took place tonight was nothing short of a complete farce.
In other action on the card George Groves came back from a third round knockdown to win by TKO in six against Kenny Anderson and Stuart Hall retained his BBBofC British bantamweight title stopping Gary Davies in seven.
DAVID HAYE STOPS AUDLEY HARRISON
Tonight at the MEN Arena in Manchester, England, WBA heavyweight champion David Haye made short work of former mentor and ex-European champion Audley Harrison.
The skills displayed by Haye and Harrison, not to mention respective achievements, during their careers to this point firmly positioned Haye as the favorite by very wide margins but much was made of the pair's former good relationship now gone sour and how that had motivated Harrison into what was sure to be a sterling performance in his long sought after crack at a world title.
That possibility never became a reality in the ring this evening in Manchester as Harrison never go his offense going in a very somber initial two rounds, and Haye did little better as they bot largely kept a distance.
By the third, however, Haye broke the ice with his trademark speed and power. Haye efforts from both hands caught Harrison flush and the 39 year old former Olympic Gold Medal winner was soon on the canvas. More...
Haye beats no-show Harrison with ease in Round 3!
By Kabayo Santiago
David Haye TKO 3 Audley Harrison
David Haye retained his WBA heavyweight title with a walk in the park third round TKO of Audley Harrison moments ago at the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, England. The fight started out with a fizzle as neither man threw much in the first round. Another cautious second round was proceeded by a violent third round where Haye battered a tentative Harrison until finally dropping him to the mat. Harrison got up and was stopped on his feet. With the win Haye improved to 25-1 (23 KOs) while Harrison dropped to 27-5 (20 KOs).
David Haye Gets Rid of Audley Harrison in Third Round
by Scott Christ
Today at a packed M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, David Haye stopped Audley Harrison in the third round of a terrible fight, retaining the WBA heavyweight title as expected.
Haye (25-1, 23 KO) met nothing of note from Harrison, who barely threw a punch in the entire fight. The first round passed with maybe one punch landed, a soft jab from Harrison. Haye landed nothing. The second round wasn't much better, though Haye was starting to get more aggressive.
From his ring walk, Harrison looked out of it. Those who said they saw him interviewed earlier in the day reported he appeared a bit "scared" of the moment. At 39, Harrison, a former Olympic gold medalist, was trying his hand in his first major title fight as a pro. To say he tanked would be putting it lightly. Harrison moved away almost frantically every time Haye even feinted making a charge.
In the third round, Haye closed in, rocked Harrison with repeated right hands, and floored the bigger man with relative ease. Harrison did get up, but Haye stormed in on him and finished him off after another right hand landed, prompting referee Luis Pabon to jump in and stop the one-sided brawl.
This may have been the true end of the road for Harrison (27-5, 20 KO). Given his age and the fact that his professional career has been a massive disappointment, he's gone as far as he's going to go. He had some late career redemption, winning a Prizefighter tournament and the European belt, but when on the biggest stage of his career, he just didn't show up mentally, physically, or both.
After the bout, Haye promised he'll fight one of the Klitschkos in 2011. We'll see about that, because he's said the same thing since 2008.
We'll be back this evening for live coverage of the Manny Pacquiao-Antonio Margarito card, so make sure to stick around!
On the Undercard
•George Groves TKO-6 Kenny Anderson. Groves got the first real scare of his career, going down twice against Anderson, but he showed some real grit, stormed back, and stopped Anderson in the sixth round. Once Groves "woke up," or was woken up, he looked every bit the offensive force he's been thus far, improving to 11-0 (9 KO). Maybe he just wasn't as ready as he would have liked to have been, as he took this fight on fairly short notice after a fight with James Obede Toney got canceled a couple of weeks ago. Or maybe Anderson (12-1, 8 KO) is simply better and stronger than expected. Certainly no reason to jump off Groves' ship, but I think this does make a bit clearer that James DeGale, like him or not, is the better prospect.
•Stuart Hall TKO-7 Gary Davies. Hall (10-0-1, 6 KO) retains the British bantamweight title over the brave Davies (10-4-1, 8 KO). No clue yet if Hall has an upside that will take him out of the weak British bantamweight field and onto the world stage at some point. That will have to wait until he goes up to European level competition.
•Enad Licina UD-12 Felix Cora Jr.. This was an IBF eliminator, so Licina (19-2, 10 KO) is now in line for a shot at the belt currently held by Steve Cunningham. Cunningham sure isn't keeping much more active a schedule now that he's promoted in Europe, by the way. Cora (22-4-2, 12 KO) probably didn't deserve to be in a title eliminator, but really the same could be said of Licina, so whatever.
Haye & Harrison – Fine them both
By Paul Upham
If boxing wants to disappear permanently from the mainstream sporting landscape, just keep scheduling mismatches like David Haye vs. Audley Harrison every weekend.
For a WBA heavyweight world title fight that was watched live in the UK and many other countries around the world, it was a disgrace. Harrison would have been lucky to have landed any more than one clean punch. The 39 year-old should be fined by the British Boxing Board of Control for a lack of effort in the ring in being knocked out in three rounds. An immediate inquiry should be held and a large part of his purse withheld.
Don’t think there should be any celebrations for WBA world champion David Haye either. As part promoter of the mismatch, he should be fined as well for putting on such a farce.
There will have been plenty of fans inside the MEN Arena in Manchester or watching on television who would have said to themselves about boxing, “never again”, after paying for the privilege of seeing Harrison fight like a heavy bag.
Boxing killed off part of its audience and fan base on Saturday night.
Someone needs to be held responsible.
Haye Hammers Harrison in Heavyweight Mismatch
By Andrew Wake
‘Yes I can’ was the battle cry from Audley Harrison but when it came down to it against WBA heavyweight champion David Haye, the reality was ‘No he can’t’.
Harrison, 39, had been telling anyone willing to listen that it was his destiny to become champion of the world since he struck gold at the Sydney Olympics a decade ago.
But a series of below par displays against second class opposition meant his hopes were never likely to come to fruition until one lucky punch against Michael Sprott in April earned him the European crown and somewhat undeserved shot at global honours.
Years after his aspirations were originally written off, the curtain was finally brought down on Harrison’s career at the MEN Arena tonight has Haye finished him off with a series of right hands in the third round.
If Audley is to be given some credit it is in his ability to market a poor mismatch of fight and con the general public into thinking he had a legitimate chance against a guy who is in reality leagues above his level.
The start of the fight was as negative as you’ll see in heavyweight action as neither man seemed intent on taking changes and despite a brief attack by Haye, not a single punch was landed in the opening session.
Round two saw the action heat up a little as Haye, who won his title by defeating giant Nikolay Valuev, began to leap in with single punches while a very negative Harrison covered up with his back against the ropes.
Haye increased the temperature further in the third and ultimately final round, stunning the challenger with a solid right hand before a string of shots to the side of the head sent him to the canvas.
Bravely, a clearly shaken Harrison staggered back to his feet and elected to fight on but Haye is one of the sport’s best finishers and stormed in with more punches that lead to referee Luis Pabon calling the fight off.
Haye, now 25–1 (23 KOs), did exactly what he said he would do by blowing out the former gold medallist in quick time but this fight will have done nothing to enhance his reputation.
Many people who don’t normally follow the sport were drawn into the hype of this bout and now after watching a contest that was basically a farce those people will be left feeling short changed. That can only be detrimental to Haye’s career.
In order for Haye to garner the respect his skills and larger than life personality really deserve he really needs to engage in more testing contests than this.
The talk has been of a massive clash with one of the Klitschko brothers for the past couple of years but for one reason or another it has failed to materialise. In 2011 it has to happen, otherwise if Haye continues to take easy nights against middle aged men like Harrison and John Ruiz it will be his championship reign, like Audley’s career, that winds up being regarded as ‘a farce’.
Haye vs. Harrison Results: The Hayemaker Lands in Round 3
Haye TKOs Harrison in 3 in British Title Showdown:
After weeks of trash talk from both camps, David Haye was the only one who did any talking in the ring, as he TKO’d Audley Harrison in just three rounds to retain his portion of the heavyweight title, and move closer to a title showdown with one of the Klitschko brothers. The bout didn’t see much action until Haye began to open up, and apparently, there’s a perfectly good, trash-talking reason why, too. That is, of course, if you ask David Haye and his camp.
Credit: Hayemaker Boxing
There was absolutely no nice words exchanged in the buildup to this bout between former friends and sparring partners. Both men promised to unleash their assault on the other and move forward to becoming one of the best heavyweights in the world, with showdowns against the elite in the division. After stopping Harrison in three rounds though, Haye wasn’t done talking. He said his friends and team had made bets on a third round stoppage, which is why he prolonged the action, and lack thereof, until the third. He said he could have stopped Harrison at anytime, and honestly, judging from both of their performances in the bout, that looked at least partially accurate.
The first round was met with boos, as neither man was willing to exchange much. Haye began to throw more in the second, and then in the third he turned it on. He sent Harrison down to the canvas, and Harrison was able to get back up, but wasn’t able to escape the barrage of punches that followed, as Haye turned into seek and destroy mode and kept on throwing until the referee wisely halted the action. Official time of the contest was 1:53 of the 3rd round, and Haye improves to 25-1 with 23 KOs, while Harrison drops to 27-5 with 20 KOs.
As for that fight with the Klitschkos? Haye promised that he would fight one of the Klitschkos in 2011. Whether or not that’s more hyperbole and talk from a man who perhaps does that better than anything else, is of course yet to be determined. Either way, an emphatic win in a rivalry bout, and the kind of performance Haye needed in order to keep some buzz around his heavyweight career alive.
David Haye TKO3 Audley Harrison... In Manchester, UK, David Haye crushed Audley Harrison in the third round to retain the WBA heavyweight championship. After two slow rounds, Haye pressured Harrison into the ropes and knocked the 2000 Olympic champion flat on his back. Harrison got up but Haye continued to land at will until the referee stopped it just as the 38-year old Harrison was about to go down again. Harrison landed no more than two or three punches the entire fight and made hardly any attempt to win the fight. He also failed to hold on when Haye hurt him. Expect British boxing fans to continue to refer to him as "Fraudley Harrison" (if they even talk about him at all) after this stinker of a performance. Haye unequivocally promised the fans that he would fight one of the Klitschko Brothers in 2011. Ruslan Chagaev is listed as the WBA mandatory contender, and the mandatory is due in early '11, but hepatitis concerns will likely bar Chagaev from getting licensed in the UK.
Groves Weathers Storm To Remain Unbeaten
By Andrew Wake
Rising star George Groves had to weather a heavy storm to retain his Commonwealth super-middleweight title against Scotland’s Kenny Anderson.
Two-time ABA champion Groves has been singled out as a potential superstar of the future but it looked like his career might have hit an early pothole in the third round when Anderson rocked and dropped him.
The champion had started well, firing off right hands before darting out of the reach of Anderson’s punches. However, the tide turned with dramatic effect when the Scot, himself a 2006 Commonwealth Games gold medallist, hurt him with a right hook.
Groves, now 11–0 (9 KOs), tried to battle his way through the fog but his defence was full of holes and Anderson took advantage by sending the Hammersmith man to his knees with a weighty punch to the top of the head.
Indeed, it was questionable whether Groves would survive to the end of that third session. He did that barely and looked lost in the corner as his trainer Adam Booth read him the riot act.
But where many hurt fighters would have tried to hang on in the fourth and get their head clear, Groves showed great heart by meeting Anderson in the centre of the ring and trading solid blows.
By the fifth though, Anderson’s energy appeared to be fading and the champion moved back into the driver’s seat by pushing out a crisp jab.
The punctuation mark on a remarkable turnaround came at 2.35 of the sixth. Groves had troubled the Scotsman with blows to the torso before a series of shots to the head forced referee Dave Parris to step in.
Groves’ great rival James DeGale will probably be smiling at home after watching this fight as it did expose some of the super-middleweight punchers’ vulnerabilities but the bout also proved that Groves has the grit and determination to fight his way out of trouble in the thrilling manner that Nigel Benn did on so many occasions.
Darlington’s Stuart Hall held on to his British bantamweight crown by halting former holder Gary Davies at 2.58 of the seventh.
Hall, 30, used to his jab to break up Davies’ attacks in the earlier sessions before hurting the St Helens man in the sixth with a heavy overhand right.
The champion floored Davies in the following round but shot that did it came after referee Marcus McDonnell had called a break.
However, the came shortly after. Hall continued to press forward against a fading Davies and before long Mr McDonnell decided enough was enough.
Hall’s record improves to 10–0–1 (6 KOs), while Davies’ drops to 10– 4–1 (8 KOs).
Mark Heffron stopped the previously unbeaten Chris O’Brien at 2.10 of the opening frame in a scheduled four-rounder.
The 18-year-old from Oldham, who is the younger brother 2009 ABA champion Ronnie, was only engaging in his fourth paid contest so it is extremely impressive that he could blow out a man who had nine fights under his belt.
Another fighter getting the job done in double quick time was Sheffield’s light-welterweight prospect Jerome Wilson.
Wilson, a leisure management graduate and television extra, knocked Cardiff’s Henry Janes spark out with a hellacious right hand after just one minute and 29 seconds. Wilson is now 4–0 (2 KOs).
Navid Mansouri, of Rotherham, took his tally to 6–0 (2 KOs) by outworking Daryl Setterfield on way to a 40 – 35 verdict over four-threes.
30-year-old Serbian Enad Lincina unanimously defeated Felix Cora Jnr in an IBF cruiserweight eliminator. The scores were 116–113, 116 –112 and 117–112.