Boxing - Harrison to make Prizefighter return

Audley Harrison has silenced rumours of retirement and signed up for a return to the ring on February 23.

Boxing - Harrison to make Prizefighter return

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Former Prizefighter winners Audley Harrison and Martin Rogan (Matchroom press release)

The 41 year-old, who won Olympic gold for Great Britain at the 2000 Sydney Games, was last in action in October when he fell to a crushing 82-second defeat to the undefeated David Price.

Former Prizefighter champs Harrison and Martin Rogan are two of the first names in a star-studded line-up for Prizefighter: International Heavyweights III at York Hall in Bethnal Green.

The pair are joined by American Travis Walker and Brixton’s Ian Lewison on a huge night for British boxing, as Olympic captain Tom Stalker makes his professional debut before his new stable-mate Kell Brook fights for a his first World title in America.

Harrison credits Prizefighter for reigniting his career after he claimed the trophy in October 2009 to pave the way for his World title clash with David Haye.

Rogan returns to Prizefighter for the 29th edition, nearly five years after he won the first-ever Prizefighter at the famous East London boxing venue.

The night represents a chance for 31-year-old Lewison (6-1-1) to make a name for himself in the British heavyweight scene, while KO king Walker hopes to reach 51 professional fights on the night and take the title back to Houston, Texas.

Matchroom Sport announced the signing of Stalker on Wednesday and the 28 year old will begin his professional journey at York Hall, where many successful careers have launched.

“The heavyweight editions of Prizefighter are always the most popular and with these colourful characters and former champions we are expecting an instant sell-out at York Hall,” said promoter Eddie Hearn.

“I'm also delighted that the GB Olympic captain Tom Stalker will make his professional debut on the show.”

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