Audley Harrison: If Fury fights Coleman Barrett next, then you know they have no confidence in him
By Sean McDaniel: Undefeated British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion Tyson Fury’s September 17th fight in Belfast, Norther Ireland, is fast approaching and Fury still hasn’t come out and said who he’s going to be fighting on that date. The list of opponents are down to the light hitting Coleman Barrett (13-1, 2 KO’s), unbeaten Cuban Mike Perez (16-0, 12 KO’s) and 39-year-old Audley Harrison (27-5, 20 KO’s).
Easily the best option for the 23-year-old Fury would be for him to pick Harrison. That’s the most recognizable fighter out of the bunch, if not the most respected. Harrison already has a knockout win over Barrett, so that pretty much eliminates any interest in seeing a Fury-Barrett fight, even though Barrett is from Ireland.
Harrison wants the Fury fight in the worst way and this isn’t a fight that Fury would have to work hard to make. Harrison is incredibly eager to to face Fury, because he sees him as a vulnerable fighter. Harrison said this on his twitter page recently: “If Fury fights Coleman Barrett next, then you know they have no confidence in him.”
It could be that Fury’s promoter sees Harrison as too dangerous for him right now. The thing with Harrison is he’s beatable if you have power, but if you leave him out there with a non-puncher for long, he’s going to have a better than average chance of winning because Harrison can punch. For all the good things that Fury has going for him, he’s not much of a puncher. He’s more of a slapper than a puncher, and if you put that kind of guy in with Harrison he could pull off an upset if he’s able to land some of his left hand bombs.