A-Force jets into Sheffield for the Khan card

Audley Harrison: Pic by LAWRENCE LUSTIG
Audley Harrison: Pic by LAWRENCE LUSTIG
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AUDLEY Harrison - one of the most controversial figures in world boxing - will box at Sheffield Arena later this month.

He will fight unbeaten American knock out merchant Deontay Wilder on the Amir Khan-Julio Diaz card on April 27.

Harrison is the boxer many fans love to hate - and he has certainly had a checkered career.

Last October, David Price took him out in one round, in a British and Commonwealth heavyweight title contest in Liverpool.

He only lasted three rounds against David Haye in 2010 at the MEN Arena, Manchester, in a WBA world title clash; a miserable night in which he threw just one single punch.

And he has four other blotches on his 37 fight career.

Yet Harrison, age 41, won the Prizefighter Tournament, in February at Bethnal Green, KOing American Derric Rossy.

In the aftermath of that, he declared himself good enough to win a global belt.

Self-confidence is not something he is short of.

Over Easter, he tweeted: “Reflect on this...’what am I doing with my life, what am I trying to accomplish? Are my goals 4mylife reachable.”

And previously, ‘A-Force’ explained his reasoning behind taking the Sheffield bout at short notice: “Here is my logic for accepting this fight. Take the biggest risk, 4 the biggest reward. Lose 2 any1 from this point on it’s over. Here we go.”

Wilder, 27, from Tuscaloosa, Alabama has a 100 per cent Ko record from 27 fights in the United States and Mexico.

He has never had to fight longer than four rounds!

Harrison, though, from Harlesden in north west London, who won an Olympic gold medal at Sydney 2000, believes his pedigree will be too much for the American.

The former ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ TV contestant says he has got his “mojo” back.

n The next fight to be staged in Sheffield is a week on Saturday at Ponds Forge Arena.

Top of the bill is middleweight Adam Etches who takes on Andrei Abramenka for the IBF Youth middleweight title. The card includes Sheffield lightweight Scott Jenkins, seeking his ninth straight win, lightweight Sam O’maison on his fifth appearance, Rotherham lightweight Atif Shafiq and Chesterfield light welter Kris Davey.