Twelve years after he won gold at the Sydney Olympics Audley Harrison’s latest bout ended in huge disappointment with a first-round knockout by David Price.

A fight that started tentatively exploded as Price unleashed some stern shots to the face that visibly slowed Harrison. The knockout was quick but not unexpected, after the first crunching blow he was there for the taking with Price’s final blows sending Harrison’s limp body to the canvas.

It’s a sense of disappointment mixed with a hint of sadness that the curtain, seemingly, comes down on Harrison’s career. Despite his heroic performances at those Games in Sydney his professional career has never really met those heights nor as he appeared to capture the hearts of the British public.

…you bow out at the top…

Where his career goes now is a decision that belongs to him. Nevertheless the old saying goes that you bow out at the top; Harrison has tried to reach that summit, to become this generation’s Lennox Lewis only to become a rather feebler, more vulnerable copy.

Speaking after the fight Harrison stated that when he fights, he fights to win “and lose to nothing other than ability, I will know my time is up, so this could be my last bout.”

…seen as a failure…

In the shadow of his career it’s forgotten that Harrison’s victory in 2000 opened many doors for British boxers that can still be seen today with successes in this year’s Olympics. He’ll be seen as a failure, possibly as a fraud as much of what he did failed to come to fruition. Many of his fights were against limited opposition with one awful fight coming against Danny Williams. He won’t be fondly remembered for his hyperbolic claims that his fists could not deliver.

Age has taken its course with a new group of fighters taking his place proving that boxing is no sport for old men. There’s something of an irony in that, Harrison K’Od by the generation he helped to inspire.

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