|David Haye gives Audley Harrison something to remember
By Gabriel Montoya, from Maxboxing.com (Nov 14, 2010) Special to Doghouse Boxing
It was a lot of nothing early and a sudden obliterating explosion from David Haye (25-1 23 Kos) as he unloaded his entire arsenal of punches in the second minute of the third round and finished off Olympic Gold medal winner Audley Harrison (27-5 with 20 Kos) to successfully defend his title for the second time at the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, England.
The kind of anticipated bout lived down to expectations as both men came out with much fanfare and cool lighting. Former Heavyweight champion of the world Lennox Lewis, sporting a Rememberace Day pin along with the rest of the announcing crew was in there to pass the proverbial torch to the next UK heavyweight king David Haye.
Audley Harrison entered looking tight and a bit scared. The focus of the 39 year old fighter who never quite panned out seemed all over the place. He kept looking down instead of towards the ring. A man heading to the inevitable end rather than one striding towards destiny.
David Haye came out looking confident, wearing his red “Hayemaker” T-shirt to much applause from the raucaous crowd. He may be delaying his fight with the Klitschkos but the Brits sure do seem to love him anyways.
A positive note form Harrison was his red t-shirt which the cause that bore the message “Keep Stonebridge Adventure Playground Open.” Nice sentiment. It should have bore the reminder “throw the jab” but I quibble.
The first round was a black hole of action. Any sort of violence thought or action seemed to be sucked into a vortex of nothing between the two men as they circled, feinted and circled and feinted again for three minutes with the odd flicking motion from Haye that I think was a jab. It looked like a bad imitation of Hopkins-Joes II.
I know it’s not possible in a ten round must system but for giggles I scored this round 9-9. If I could have given a negative score I would have.
Round two saw Haye take a more assertive posture. He pressed forward and landed two good shots to the body n the round. Harrison did his best to keep his hands and think violently in Haye’s general direction. But as far as punching, he made hamlet look like a man of action.
In round three, Harison came up with a brilliant idea. He decided to punch Haye and he did. A single jab. It landed and then all Haye broke loose. A whipping right hand cracked Harrison and though no visible damage occurred, Haye knew the time was now.
“Im in great condition as you can see. I can I can punch and land punches whenever I choose. Thats why this fight went to the third round. I put a lot of money on the third round. A lot of my friends and family did. So I didn’t want to let them down but doing him to early.”
Haye strafed Harrison with punches in bunches from all sides and angles. Harison peaked out from his guard and . . .went back inside it as Haye uncorked another snapping right hand that exploded on Harison’s face. With Harrison on the ropes dug into him and landed a right and then another right followed by a left and the two more rights and down went Harrison.
He rose on shaky legs but was able to stand nonethess and Hayewent back to work. A right hand and a left hand seemed to hurt Harrison badly and after some more assault referee Luis Pabon stepped in and waved it off at 1:53 of the third round.
In defeat, Harrison said “I wanted to get it into the later rounds. I just didn’t really get going. The jab, you see David Haye was when moving his head well. No excuses. He caught me with a good shot. I beat the count. Didn’t get the opporutunity to continue.”
A dejected Harrison answered about a possible retirement.
“I got to sit down and reflect on it. I had a great training camp with the team. I really put in the work. I felt felt really good coming into this fight. I felt great. I realy felt itwas going to be my night and it wasn’t to be my night. I’ll have to sit down and see what I do. My mission is incomplete. My goal is unrealized. Credit to David Haye.”
In victory, Haye who said he would fight the Klitschkos in 2011.
“I could’ve taken him out anytime I want,” Haye said. “But I wanted the perfect opposturnity to land my “Hayemaker.”
In the best fight of the night , undefeated George Groves (11-0 with 9 Kos) got dropped hard in the third round of a great little war with former fellow undefeated fighter Kenny Anderson (12-1 with 8 Kos). After getting hammered on the ropes a left and right dropped Groves with just a few seocnds left in the te third round. He roese, finshed the round and walked on spaghetti legs to his corner. Anderson looked to be in control but groe regrouped in his first big test.
The knockdown and the Anderson dominant fourth round seemed to wake up Groves who like a sprinter going into his kick dug deep to Anderson’s body and into his own soul and turned the fight around on both their guts. Over and over Groves would go downstairs and it quickly wilted Anderson until in the sixth, ref Dave Parris had seen enough flush punches for the day and waved it off. The time was 2:35. With the win Groves retained his British Commonwealth Super Middleweight title.
Stuart Hall (10-0-1 with 6 Kos) took out Gary Davies (101 with 8 Kos) for the British Bantamweight title at 2:58 of the 7th round.
Cruiserweight Enad Licina (19-2 with 10 Kos) won an BF title eliminator over Felix Cora, Jr (22-4-2 with 12 Kos) in a twelve round decision. Scores were 117-111, 116-113 and 116-112. With the win, Licina is in line to fight IBF champion Steve Cunningham as early as January.
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