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‘Sorry’ is the hardest word for Audley Harrison

Audley Harrison has refused to apologise for his pitiful world title challenge against David Haye and hinted he may continue fighting rather than retire.

The 2000 Olympic gold medallist was mercilessly booed and mocked at a packed MEN Arena when he barely threw a punch in a fight he has waited nearly a decade for. Derisory chants aimed at Harrison rang out after a fight which did not get going until round three, only for Harrison to capitulate as soon as Haye started throwing punches.

Referee Luis Pabon waved the fight off in that round after Harrison was knocked down and was then out on his feet in the face of Haye's fearsome attack.

He said: “Many people dream about the opportunity of fighting for the heavyweight championship of the world and where I've come from I've had this burning desire to fight for a world title, to be a world champion.

“I'll lick my wounds and walk with my head proud because my story from start to finish has been a successful journey of overcoming adversity and I'll continue to keep overcoming adversity.

“People will obviously find glee and happiness to ridicule me — let them live their own lives, don't worry about me, I'm okay.

“Credit to David Haye, he caught me with a good shot. It just wasn't to be for me and I have to take it on the chin.”

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Manny Pacquiao cemented his place among boxing's greats by recording an unanimous points victory over Antonio Margarito on Saturday to claim the vacant WBC super welterweight title.

The 31-year-old landed an eighth world title in an unprecedented eighth weight class.

“It was a really hard fight, the hardest fight in my boxing career,” Pacquiao said after winning his 13th consecutive bout since losing to Erik Morales in Las Vegas in March 2005.

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