Audley Harrison needs to come out on fire against David Price if he wants the British heavyweight strap
By Scott Gilfoid: Next month on October 13th a couple of British heavyweights will be going at it with 40-year-old Audley Harrison (28-5, 21 KO’s) looking to pick up the British heavyweight strap off of champion David Price (13-0, 11 KO’s) at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, UK.
Contrary to what a lot of boxing fans have been spouting about this being a complete mismatch, I think Harrison has a real chance of winning this fight if he does the right thing and learns from his sparring against the talented American Deontay Wilder this month.
Wilder will be joining Harrison’s camp after September 16th to help him with some precious sparring. Wilder is going to be like gold for Harrison, because he can do everything Price can do only better with more power, better speed and much better footwork. If Harrison can learn to defend against Wilder’s incredible power, speed and mobility, then he should have no problems facing the slow and stiff as a board Price next month.
Price is incredibly vulnerable if hit hard, and Harrison, if nothing else, still has good left hand power when he will himself to actually let his hands go. That’s the whole problem though. Harrison can’t seem to will his body to throw punches, even though he’s facing a guy that he could absolutely poleaxe with a hard left hand. He just doesn’t seem to be willing at times to fight with the intensity needed to win.
So here’s how I see the Price-Harrison fight going down on October 13th. If Harrison comes out with his mind in the right place and ready to let his hands go in a major way, then the chances are very good that he’ll KO Price in one or two rounds. But if Harrison fails to throw any power punches, then Price will quickly take control of the fight and will knock Harrison out.