Boxing: Harrison fight purse under scrutiny

The British Boxing Board of Control are today set to discuss the possibility of witholding some of Audley Harrison's purse following his WBA heavyweight title defeat to David Haye in Manchester last month.

Harrison was roundly criticised after the fight was stopped after just three rounds, with the 2000 Olympic champion having barely thrown a single punch.

Reports have suggested Harrison earned over 1million for the fight, which ended with the 39-year-old leaving the ring to a chorus of boos from the 20,000 sell-out MEN Arena crowd.

"We'll have to look at all the facts today," BBBC general secretary Robert Smith said.

"Ultimately I'm not the man who makes the decision. There's a group of people who would look at the reports from the people who were at the show and they'll decide themselves.

"The board have the power to withhold money if they feel somebody hasn't performed to their best. It is very rare, but they have the power to do that."

Harrison confirmed earlier this month that he would not quit the sport despite his humiliation at the hands of Haye, although he admitted 2011 may be his final year depending on what happens.

His hopes of earning a British title fight before then look complicated, with Smith saying Harrison would have to bide his time.

"Audley is at the back of the queue. I don't believe that whatever anyone thinks of his performance that night it warrants a straight shot at a British championship," he added on BBC Radio Five Live.

"We have a mandatory challenger already in Tyson Fury. We have a British champion in Dereck Chisora who is boxing (Wladimir) Klitschko at the weekend, so Audley will find himself at the back of the queue to a certain extent.

"I'm not too sure he has got the time to wait."

Richie Myler.

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