Famous flameout heavyweight Audley Harrison won the Prizefighter tournament yesterday in London, scoring three wins on the evening and emerging with yet another half-breath of life pumped into his career.
All fights were three, three-minute rounds.
First Round Results
In the tournament's big upset, Carl Baker shocked former world title challenger Danny Williams, knocking the veteran down twice in the first round and almost putting him away. Williams battled back to nearly knock out Baker in the third, but was unsuccessful and lost on scores of 29-26, 28-27 and 28-26. Williams, 36, said before the tournament that he'd hang up the gloves if he didn't emerge as the Prizefighter victor, but honestly a three-round fight has such a high fluke ratio that he's likely to second-guess that idea. If he does retire, he'd leave the sport with a record of 41-8 (34), and be best known for knocking out Mike Tyson in four rounds back in 2004. In his next fight, he was stomped by Vitali Klitschko, and stayed on the domestic level after that.
Audley Harrison knocked out Scott Belshaw in the second round. Belshaw (10-3, 7 KO) was stopped in two by Tyson Fury back in May.
Coleman Barrett won a decision over former domestic champ Scott Gammer. Gammer (18-5-1, 9 KO) has now lost four in a row and five of his last six.
In the first round bout that didn't feature any sort of name fighter, really, Danny Hughes destroyed Neil Perkins in 45 seconds. Perkins is now 4-1 (1). Hughes had just one knockout among his first six victories as a pro.
Harrison took Hughes' undefeated mark with a three-round decision win (30-26, 29-27, 29-28). Hughes is 7-1-1 (2).
Barrett beat Baker via unanimous decision (29-28 across the board). Baker is now 9-4 (6).
Harrison (26-4, 19 KO) knocked out Barrett at 2:40 of the second round. Barrett is now 10-1 (2).
The aftershock of this event is likely minimal. Williams probably won't retire, Audley Harrison didn't suddenly become a real contender with these seven rounds, and the rest of the guys are domestic also-rans that really won't be making any waves. It's a fun format in that it encourages these guys to go for knockouts to hopefully save something for a potential three fights in one night, but again, any decision is heavy on the fluke factor because we're talking about three rounds. If Cotto-Margarito had ended after three rounds, the boxing landscape would be a lot different right now. But congratulations to Audley Harrison, because frankly this might be the high point of his professional career.