Oct 19 2012 By Sam Rogers
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FORMER Olympic boxing champion Audley Harrison will consider the future of his career after his latest bout ended in a first round knockout.
The 40-year-old Stonebridge fighter, who won over the nation with heavyweight gold in Sydney 12 years ago, was sent to the canvas in just 82 seconds by reigning British champion David Price at the weekend.
And despite feeling in ‘great shape’, Harrison recognised that defeat to Price would force him to ask serious questions about whether or not to continue in the sport.
He said: “I had prepared very well for this bout and it showed, as I was in great shape and went out there with no fear, believing I could win it.
“My whole game plan was about avoiding his right, so to get lined up like that is a disappointment for me.
“Father time has caught up with me, as I didn’t see the initial shot, so could not react. And he finished me off like a good pro, so I have no complaints.”
Harrison, who suffered a broken nose during the bout, was gracious in defeat, heaping praise on the tall Liverpudlian, and will now consider his future.
“I want to congratulate David Price and his team on executing his game-plan so effectively,” he added.
“I have said when I turn up to win, and lose to nothing other than ability, I will know my time is up, so this could be my last bout, and if it’s to end here, what a ride it’s been.
“I’m grateful to the universe for allowing me to find my destiny and walk the precarious road my way”