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Thursday 24 April 2014

Boxing: Harrison vows to return after knock-out defeat

Audley Harrison refuses to admit his world heavyweight title dream has been shattered beyond repair by the crushing knockout at the hands of Michael Sprott.

Promoter Frank Warren has warned the 35-year-old Olympic gold medallist he faces ``a long, hard road back'' and that his earning power has been severely hit by his latest - and most comprehensive - defeat.

But Harrison, nicknamed `A-Force', insists he is not yet a spent force: "I'll be back,'' pledged the one-time amateur hero.

But both Sprott, now one fight away from the world title shot Harrison craved, and Warren have their doubts.

``I've lost 10 fights and come back,'' said Sprott. ``Maybe [he can] - if he has the determination.''

Warren speculated: ``That's up to him. It will be interesting to see how much he does want it because it's about fighting for his future. He'll be getting no big money at this stage.''

Harrison even spoke of a rematch after being knocked senseless at Wembley Arena despite flooring the former British and Commonwealth champion in the first round.

He claimed he thought he could have continued but Barry McGuigan, the former world featherweight champion, described that view as ``deluded - he was spark out.''

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