A true legend of British Olympic boxing and the sport in this country in general, Audley Harrison MBE first came to prominence when he claimed Olympic gold in the Super Heavyweight Division at the Sydney Games.
In winning the title, he became the first Briton to win a boxing gold for Britain in 32 years, the first to win gold in the Super Heavyweight Division and laid the foundation for the success British boxers have experienced at subsequent Games.
It had taken considerable time, effort and commitment to reach the point at which he could win Olympic Gold though as, after troubled beginnings in his younger years in London, he focused on his boxing and made great strides on the amateur circuit.
He won the British Super Heavyweight title in both 1997 and 1998 before claiming Commonwealth Gold in the same weight division at the Kuala Lumpur Games.
After his success at the Commonwealth Games, Audley was then instrumental in the foundation of the Amateur Boxing Union of England which campaigned and then secured funding for the creation of boxers’ training camps and qualifying bouts designed for Commonwealth and Olympic Games boxers.
Following on from beating Mukhtarkhan Dildabekov of Kazakhstan on points to win his gold medal in Sydney, Audley was awarded an MBE for his achievements. He then turned professional in 2001 which saw him agree a ground-breaking £1 million deal with the BBC to broadcast his first ten professional fights and, in doing so, brought boxing back to terrestrial TV.
Audley continued to make an impression on the boxing world with a number of highly impressive victories. He claimed the World Federation Championship, where he overcame the unbeaten Richel Hersisia and also the European Heavyweight Championship in 2010 where he won a rematch with Michael Sprott.
He landed a devastating, knockout blow in the final seconds of the final round to claim a victory deemed even more impressive as he had been fighting with just one arm after tearing his pec muscle in the third round of the bout.
Having had to overcome adversity in both his personal and professional life, the mantra of ‘Never Give Up’ couldn’t ring more true than with Audley Harrision.
After overcoming a series of injuries which required drive and determination to overcome and be able to step back into the ring, he finally earned his World Title shot where he came up against fellow Brit David Haye. Despite falling just short in the bout, Audley retired in 2015 with a professional career that saw him win 31 of his 38 fights, 23 of which were by knockout.
It’s fair to say that Audley brought British boxing back into the limelight with his Olympic gold medal and has a truly inspiring story to tell.
From his time before boxing to his Olympic legacy, professional career and charity work after retirement, Audley makes for a great Olympic speaker whether to businesses or the younger generation as he has the skills and experience to both inspire and motivate an audience.
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