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Added November 12th, 2010 by Ian

David Haye vs Audley Harrison WBA Heavyweight Championship Preview

The upcoming Audley Harrison vs David Haye heavyweight fight in Manchester, England on Nov. 13th is one of the biggest in recent British boxing history. It’s the biggest heavyweight tilt since Lennox Lewis took on Frank Bruno back in 1993 when Lewis stopped Bruno in the seventh round to retain his WBC title. Bruno looked to be in control in that fight, but his notorious glass jaw let him down again.

This time, we have former Olympian Harrison (27-4, 20 Kos), who’s 39 years old now, taking on Haye (24-1, 22 Kos), who’s only 30 and is the reigning WBA Heavyweight Champion. Harrison has basically been a complete bust throughout his pro career and hasn’t beaten anybody of note outside of Britain. He suddenly became a hot item in April as he knocked out Michael Sprott in the last round of a fight he was losing, for the vacant European Heavyweight Title.

Harrison was basically in desperation mode in the 12th round and the southpaw landed a clean shot to the head that decked Sprott. Harrison had been knocked out by Sprott in the third round the first time the two met in 2007. Somehow that earned him a fight against Haye.

This fight has seen some nasty words exchanged by the two fighters since the day it was announced and it’s produced a lot of hype in Britain. Both of them have been let down by weak chins in the past and it seems a sure bet that this fight isn’t going to go the distance. While common sense would probably point to a Haye win here, it’s not so cut and dried, especially with bettors.

Sportsbook William Almost announced that two thirds of wagers with them have been on Harrison to come up with a surprise victory even though Haye is the overwhelming betting favourite. And according to William Hill spokesman Graham Sharpe, the best are on Harrison to knock him out and the odds have now gone down to 6/1 from 7/1 on a Harrison KO.

David Haye vs Audley Harrison Betting Odds and Prediction

This is a tough fight to call as it’s an all-British matchup and there’s been a lot of trash talking. It’s obvious with the power these guys have that somebody’s going to be stopped and it could be an exciting slugfest until it happens or it might be in the first two rounds and happen all of a sudden.

I think for all the talk, Haye’s just too good for Harrison and I’d be surprised if he didn’t win by a KO in the first half of the bout.

At the moment, William Hill has Haye as the 1/7 favourite, while Harrison is 11/2 and the odds of a draw are at 40/1 shot.

 
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