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Breakfast with Frost Sunday, 9 June, 2002, 13:22 GMT 14:22 UK
Interview with Audley Harrison, boxing champion
Audley Harrison, boxing champion
Audley Harrison, boxing champion
BBC BREAKFAST WITH FROST INTERVIEW: AUDLEY HARRISON JUNE 9TH, 2002

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DAVID FROST: Earlier this morning I spoke to another of Britain's champions, the Olympic Gold Medal winner, now turned professional, Audley Harrison. He was in Memphis just to see the fight and I first asked him for his impressions of what happened?

AUDLEY HARRISON: I thought it was a great performance from a, for British boxing, a great performance for boxing in general and an outstanding performance by Lennox Lewis. You know there's a lot of things written before the fight, still Lennox Lewis is being criticised and written off and Lennox came out there today, he was dominant, he was strong and he was magnificent, it really was so dominating there using that jab, Tyson wasn't able to get in from the second round and then Lennox started using those upper cuts and the way he finished the fight was such a great finish and really we got to be calling Lennox now, Sir Lennox Lewis and I think he deserves his place in the high echelons of this country and throughout the world.

DAVID FROST: But was the result a foregone conclusion from the word go?

AUDLEY HARRISON: Definitely not the first round, the first round was definitely even-stevens, he could even have given the first round to Tyson because Tyson, you know he was, and that's what people wanted, they wanted to see a good match up and that first round, it was a good match up and the second round Lennox started to establish the jab and he was using the upper cut very early on which he doesn't normally do and that stopped Tyson from coming forward and once Tyson wasn't coming forward then he wasn't effective and I just really think Lennox performed outstanding tonight and technically he got it so right and bearing in mind Tyson hadn't been doing the rounds early enough, Tyson became, even though, I mean a lot of credit to Mike Tyson, he was very courageous, he was very brave, he took a lot of punches and he behaved himself. So that was a good plus point because a lot of people said that the fight shouldn't happen, it can't happen, that fight happened today and it was a great heavyweight match up and you saw a guy cement his place in history.

DAVID FROST: What about Mike Tyson's request that the, at the end for a rematch, that would probably make very little sense given the weight of the victory?

AUDLEY HARRISON: Well not necessarily because you've got to say Tyson was always in the fight, he was always looking for that big shot right up to the point he got stopped Tyson never ever quit in there, he was always looking for the big shot and you've got to imagine if you put Mike Tyson against any of the other up and coming heavyweights or champions then Tyson is liable to win those fights. There is a genuine, he's still a genuine contender for Lennox Lewis and also Tyson hasn't been doing the rounds in recent years, he could perform better because he's always one punch away, Mike Tyson, because he's always looking for it.

DAVID FROST: Thank you very much indeed, Audley, thank you.

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