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Arshad H. Naqshbandi, 21 Sept 98 (Bernama):


ENGLISH GIANT FULFILS MISSION OF DEMOLITION

Super heavyweight Audley Harrison of England never gives his opponent any chance to hold on during a fight but demolishes to reign.

"I'm the greatest Super heavyweight that England has ever produced," Harrison declared after a knockout win against Michael Macaque of Mauritius yesterday.

The 26-year-old Harrison knocked down his opponent in just 66 seconds with a power-packed left jab landing on Macaque's jaw that sent him slumping on the canvas in round one of the last bout (181st) of the 16th Commonwealth Games boxing competition at Malawati Stadium near here yesterday.

Jamaican-born Harrison, the Amateur Boxing Association (ABA) Super heavyweight champion, was proud of the outcome and pledged to strive for similar performances in the World Championships in the Philippines in November and Sydney 2000 Olympics.

"I feel on top of the world at this moment and it took me four years to prepare for this gold and my next target is to do well in Philippines and in Olympics," said Harrison, who is studying Laser Management at Bruneo University.

Emphasising the need to improve the standard of amateur boxing and turn it into a household name, Harrison rejected the idea of turning professional before the Sydney Olympics.

"I'm quite happy to stay amateur and will give a thought over turning professional only after Sydney Olympics as my aim is to the change the scope of amateur boxing and make it a household name in England," said Harrison, who is writing a 10,000-page thesis on 'Amateur Boxing in England'.

Harrison claimed that he has remained unbeaten for four years with only two draws.

"I'm undefeated till date," he said referring to his career graph.

In the preliminary round, Harrison got a bye to enter the quarterfinals, where he beat Paufaii Falamoe of New Zealand 8-3. In the semifinals, he scored a knockout win over Justin Whitehead of Australia.

The bronze in the +91kg category went to Whitehead and Aloryi Moyoyo of Mauritius.

-- BERNAMA



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