'Hate' figure Harrison joins Hobson camp

SHEFFIELD boxing promoter Dennis Hobson today made his most controversial signing - Audley "A Force" Harrison.

The man boxing fans love to hate will appear on Clinton Woods' IBF light-heavyweight defence at Sheffield Arena on September 29.

Harrison, the 6ft 5ins Las- Vegas-based Londoner, had the world at his feet when he won a gold medal in the 2000 Olympics.

But his third-round loss to Michael Sprott in February - on top of earlier defeats to Danny Williams and Dominick Guinn - seemed to sound the death knell to his heavyweight career. It was his third slip-up in 14 months.

But Hobson said of the 35-year-old: "I used to think Audley was just in this for the money, but the truth is that he is full of desire to have another crack at a world title.

"He would fight for peanuts to get his career back on track.

"He reminds me of a modern-day Joe Bugner; he has an incredible physique.

"There is no question over his ability and now I think he has got his head right."