I spent a lot of time in a Span­ish prison – I’m def­i­nitely a changed man now


Midweek Sport - - BOG BREAK -

SCOTT HAR­RI­SON is be­ing lined up to make his to make his ring re­turn in Glas­gow on March 10.

The former WBO feath­er­weight cham­pion hasn’t boxed for six years due to booze and le­gal prob­lems.

His ca­reer looked fin­ished when he was jailed in 2009 for as­sault.

But he be­lieves two-and-a-half years spent lan­guish­ing in a Span­ish nick has re­formed him.

Har­ri­son, 34, fi­nally had his fight­ers’ li­cence re­turned by the Bri­tish Box­ing Board of Con­trol last week and he will con­tinue box­ing for pro­moter Frank War­ren.

The former two-time world champ, who is now sober, said: “I’ve made some se­ri­ous mis­takes and spent a lot of time in a Span­ish prison.


“That would change any­one and I’m def­i­nitely a changed man now.

“I’ve paid for my mis­takes and I’d like to apol­o­gise to ev­ery­body who has been hurt by my ac­tions.

“I just want to get on with my box­ing and pro­vide for my fam­ily.

“I’m fit and the fo­cus I have is bet­ter than ever. I be­lieve I can be world cham­pion for a third time.”

Har­ri­son plans to meet War­ren in the New Year to dis­cuss his long-term fu­ture, but it will be hard for the Scot to achieve his former glory.

He last boxed in Novem­ber 2006, out­point­ing Nedal Hus­sein in a world ti­tle de­fence. His life­style and time be­hind bars will not have helped.

Har­ri­son, who has lost just two of his 29 fights, will be trained by his dad, Peter, who re­mains full of hope.

Har­ri­son Sr said: “When you think of the best box­ers out there, the names of Manny Pac­quiao and Floyd May­weather Jr come to mind.

“But Manny is 32 and Floyd is 34, the same age as Scott. Bernard Hop­kins is 46 and isn’t do­ing too badly, hav­ing be­come WBC lightheavy­weight cham­pion in May.

“Age means noth­ing if you’ve kept your body in shape.

“But we don’t want to look too far into the fu­ture. We’re just thrilled with what has hap­pened with the li­cence.”


Scott Har­ri­son

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