Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 30 October 2014

Belshaw has his eyes on big prize

Scott Belshaw plans to upset the odds and walk away with the £32,000 jackpot from the latest heavyweight Prizefighter event on October 2 at the York Hall, Bethnel Green.

The big Lisburn man is one of two Irish fighters in the eight-man event with Coleman Barrett of Galway also shooting for glory, while the favourites to follow in the footsteps of Martin Rogan and Sam Sexton are reigning British heavyweight champion Danny Williams and 2000 Olympic champion Audley Harrison.

Belshaw suffered a bad defeat when losing to rising prospect Tyson Fury last time out but his preparation was poor and he aims to be sparking on all cylinders for the three-round one night tournament, which has proved a big hit with fight fans.

For Audley Harrison it is yet another chance to revive his career, as he outlined at yesterday’s press conference in London.

“A lot of people have thought I've retired but I've been telling people that I've just been ticking over waiting for a door to open,” said Harrison .

“It's snakes and ladders and after my loss to Martin Rogan (in December) a lot of people wanted me to fall all the way back down but I feel I've got a lot left.

“It's not about the money for me, it's about putting myself back at the top but having Michael Sprott in there (who Harrison lost to in 2007) is an added bonus.

“I had a devastating knockout loss against Sprott and hopefully I will get a chance to rectify that loss and I would also like to fight Danny Williams again as I’ve had two fights with him.

Meanwhile, Ricky Hatton fought back tears after welcoming Muhammad Ali to his gym in Manchester yesterday.

“It was very emotional,” said Hatton. “We had a picture taken with Campbell, and he (Ali) was told this is Ricky's son.

“He raised his hand and hugged him and was trying to say something. It really brought a lump to my throat, my eyes were welling up at one point.”

Ali, who suffers from Parkinsons Disease, has rarely been seen walking unaided in recent times but was determined to greet Hatton standing.

“I think he was going to come in a wheelchair initially but then he said I can't have Ricky Hatton meet me in a wheelchair, I've got to walk in,” said Hatton.

“That's a boxer through and through, the boxer's mentality and a champion's mentality.”

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