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Sunday, 24 November, 2002, 18:13 GMT
Harrison on the offensive
Audley Harrison
Robinson is floored by Harrison
British heavyweight Audley Harrison has rounded on his critics after his first-round knock-out win over Shawn Robinson.

Harrison's quick victory over his American journeyman opponent in Atlantic City was his debut fight in the US.

But the Olympic heavyweight champion was annoyed at claims he is choosing easy bouts.

Robinson had recently lost to British and Commonwealth champion Danny Williams and there were questionmarks about his credentials.


If Robinson was good enough for Danny in his 21st fight then he was good enough for me in my eighth
Audley Harrison

Harrison told the BBC Grandstand programme: "I will be stepping up when I am ready.

"If people are not happy with that, I don't give two hoots.

"I am not doing anything wrong. Everyone can see I've got talent. I am going to get there. Just cool and let me take my time.

"If Robinson was good enough for Danny in his 21st fight then he was good enough for me in my eighth.

"If he is a bum now, he was a bum then but nobody criticised Danny.

"I think there is some sort of witch hunt against me as I am being criticised for boxing bums.

"Williams needs to concentrate on own career. "He's been a pro for seven years.

"I wish him well if he tries to fight for a world title. I hope he wins it, then he can defend it against me."

Harrison said he felt in control from the start and enjoyed the American experience

"I had no nerves whatsoever," said the 31-year-old. "I walked out there cool as a cat.

Fundamentals

"That is one of my good points. Mentally I am as tough as they come. Whether I am boxing in London, Australia or America, it is a boxing ring to me.

"I don't put any pressure on myself by thinking it is my professional debut in America and that I have to impress the fans.

"I just concentrate on the fundamentals and get the job done.

Asked what he could have learned from that one round, Harrison said: "You have got to implement a game plan. If it went six rounds that would be fine as I was in good shape.

"The reason it ended early was that I implemented the plan and it had a dramatic effect.

"I take a lot of positives away from that performance. I wasn't fazed by the occasion. I was able to get the job done."

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