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Monday, 21 May, 2001, 07:59 GMT 08:59 UK
Trainer happy with Audley opener
Audley Harrison
Harrison was in awesome form
Audley Harrison's trainer Thell Torrence was delighted with his fighter's professional debut and has high hopes for the future.

Harrison knocked out American opponent Mike Middleton inside the first round on Saturday at London's Wembley Arena.

And now the Olympic champion is ready to embark on the road to becoming world heavyweight champion.


He was able to perform under that pressure
  Harrison's trainer
Thell Torrence
"I was quite satisfied, and I'm more critical of my fighters or students than anybody else," said Torrence.

"I thought he was going to have more trouble with Middleton than he did, but he stuck to his basic programme. But this is the tip of the iceberg, he has a long way to go.

"We have a programme for him and what we are trying to do is build a foundation, and once we get that foundation the advanced stuff is very easy.

"There was a lot of pressure on him coming in, he was able to perform under that pressure."

It is estimated that Harrison will be on course for a stab at the world heavyweight crown within four to five years, and Torrence believes that discipline will see him achieve that target.

"Audley has the ability and if we stay on our programme and don't get off track, you'll see him performing with some of the top Americans," said Torrence.

"We want to develop him into that kind of fighter."

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