Jimmy Harrison say’s he is more than confident that he still has what it takes to become a champion when he returns to action later this month to challenge Norfolk’s Elton Smart for the vacant Queensbury Boxing League Light Welterweight title at the Effingham Park Hotel near Crawley in West Sussex.
The forty six year old former professional last laced up the gloves back in 1991 after amassing a very respectable record of eighteen wins from twenty two contests during his six year run as a pro, but the super fit Harrison who has kept himself in peak condition during his long absence from the ring through his passion for marathon running feels he is in the best shape of his life and is ready to show his younger opponent how its done when the pair collide.
Inspired by watching his son Louis follow in his footsteps into the sport, Harrison feels ready to turn back the clock and insists that age will only be a number come fight night when he returns victorious as the newly crowned champion.
Harrison has been handed a tough assignment on his Queensbury debut next weekend in the shape of Norfolk’s Smart who has only ever tasted defeat once during his time in the amateur ranks, but a rejuvenated Harrison feels ready to show his younger foe that you can’t buy the type of experience he has amassed during his lengthy spells in both the amateur and professional ranks, and is confident he will send Smart home empty handed on the night.
“ During my time away from the sport I’ve kept myself in great shape through running, and since I’ve been back in the gym I feel just as good as I did when I was competing as a pro,” commented Harrison.
“ My training for this title opportunity has been going really well and I’ve been getting some great sparring in so I really do feel confident that it will be a Harrison victory on the night and that it will be me returning as the champion,”
“I know my opponent is younger than me and that he’s only ever lost once in his seventeen fight career, but I think it will be my experience and body shots that wins this for me so I’m really looking forward to this now,”
Making it a family affair on the night Harrsion's son Louis will also be appearing in a non title contest against Ramsgate's Stevie Little in the league's Light Middleweight division. Little will be making his third appearance in the league after recording back to back stoppage victories over his two previous opponents, but Harrison junior will be eager to make it a memorable evening for the family if he can produce the goods to end Littles unbeaten run.
Harrison’s seniors title challenge will feature as the co main event on the evening’s bumper card of Queensbury boxing, which promises to be another electric night of action.