Har­ri­son: New, im­proved me will be worth wait

Evening Times - - SPORT - BY STEWART FISHER

THEY may have to wait a while longer than they had hoped to see their man re­turn to ring. But Scott Har­ri­son be­lieves that Scot­tish fight fans will see a new, im­proved ver­sion of the for­mer feath­er­weight world cham­pion when his bout against Tackie An­nan of Ghana fi­nally goes ahead in the New Year.

Orig­i­nally sched­uled for tonight, Har­ri­son’s re­turn is now ten­ta­tively set to go ahead at the Bel­la­hous­ton Club Glas­gow at the start of 2019 af­ter An­nan pulled out of the fight a fort­night ago due to in­jury. The Scot, who hasn’t fought for five years, be­lieves he will be worth the wait.

“I feel that I am a bet­ter ver­sion of Scott Har­ri­son,” said the 41-year-old, who served three years of a four-year prison sen­tence for as­sault in prisons in Spain and Scot­land. “I am older, wiser. Ob­vi­ously I

‘‘ I am older, wiser. Ob­vi­ously I keep out of any sort of trou­ble

keep out of of any sort of trou­ble. And I have been work­ing harder.

“I am watch­ing my diet, eat­ing bet­ter than I did back then. I am in bet­ter con­di­tion now, much sharper. I just kept my­self fo­cused. I knew one day I would get my op­por­tu­nity.”

De­nied the re­turn of his li­cence to box by the Bri­tish Box­ing Board of Con­trol, Har­ri­son was granted one in­stead by the Bri­tish and Ir­ish Box­ing Au­thor­ity. “See if there was just a wee square of ground, I could still work out,” he said. “They can lock you up in a wee box – but you can still train. They’ll never break your spirit.”

Har­ri­son, who com­bined his train­ing whilst in Bar­lin­nie with in­dulging an in­ter­est in art, said last night that he has been over­whelmed by the re­ac­tion he has had since his re­turn.

“To be hon­est, I think there is more sup­port now than there was then,” he said. “A lot of peo­ple have been show­ing a lot of sup­port and re­spect through ev­ery­thing.

“When I was locked up, that gave me time to paint and I re­alised how good I could be. Maybe when I re­tire from box­ing I’ll take it up again.”

Scott Har­ri­son’s re­turn is de­layed un­til New Year

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