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Last Updated: Saturday, 20 March, 2004, 22:32 GMT
Harrison takes WBF title
By Alex Trickett at Wembley Arena

Audley Harrison
Audley Harrison claimed the WBF world heavyweight title with a fourth-round knockout of Richel Hersisia at Wembley Arena.

Hersisia looked confident enough in the opening two rounds but Harrison opened up a cut over the Dutchman's left eye in round three.

And Harrison finished the job with a thunderous upper-cut two minutes into the fourth round.

It was Harrison's first professional belt after going unbeaten for 15 bouts.

"I give that a seven or eight out of 10," said Harrison after the fight.

"I probably should have held him more with the jab early on but I always planned to get close to him.

The combinations he threw to take this guy were unbelievable
Lennox Lewis

"He caught me with a couple of jabs and I had to turn him out.

"I am moving into the Premiership and I believe I can reach the top.

"And I will be back in the British ring in no time at all."

Harrison was watched ringside by former world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis, who was impressed by what he saw.

"I thought he did great. He worked it out for the first couple of rounds and once he did that he took this guy out and that is what we want to see," said Lewis.

"The combinations he threw to take this guy were unbelievable."


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