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Harrison eyes revenge fight with Price

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Audley Harrison was mauled by David Price © PA Photos
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Audley Harrison returns to the ring this weekend, but he is looking beyond Prizefighter to a revenge mission on David Price.

Harrison is one of the enigmas of British boxing, as he never really progressed from winning gold at the Olympics in 2000. He has suffered a number of overwhelming defeats, the most recent of which was a first-round knockout by Price in October of last year.

He has resisted calls to retire and will be on the Prizefighter card at York Hall on Saturday, which he hopes will be a springboard to a fresh chapter in his career.

"I'm back and I would love to fight David Price," Harrison said. "He took me out and I would like the opportunity to avenge that.

"After the David Price fight people thought I would never get back from it and that they had seen the last of me. It made me look bad. But I have come up from underneath all of that rubble and it didn't take me long to say, 'Hell, it's not over yet!'.

"I was too hyped up for the Price fight and it allowed him to walk me onto his big right hand and finish me. I learn from my mistakes and that's the bottom line. I made a mistake against Price and he made me pay for it.

"I felt good and mentally I was back together. But it just wasn't to be. Now you just don't know what happens and, if it is possible, I would love the chance of fighting David again."

Harrison believes that despite all the setbacks, he can still get his career back on an upward curve.

"I still haven't fulfilled my dreams," he said. "My goals have not been achieved and it would be crazy for me to come back and just win the Prizefighter, so my goals are still there.

"The burning desire is still there and with optimism and the string of performances you are going to see, I can do it. I am about to reintroduce myself into the heavyweight division. I have lived the dream but I haven't achieved what I wanted."

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