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Audley Harrison to be paid for David Haye bout

David Haye and Audley Harrison
Haye dominated the second defence of his WBA crown

Audley Harrison is to receive his purse despite his poor performance when he lost to WBA heavyweight champion David Haye in Manchester on 13 November.

The British Boxing Board of Control (BBBC) discussed withholding Harrison's pay after he landed only one punch.

But secretary Robert Smith had already admitted it would be "tricky" to dock his pay for a lack of aggression.

The 39-year-old was stopped in the third round of the WBA title bout, but said the referee intervened too early.

The BBBC is also investigating Haye's claims that he bet on himself to win in the third round in Manchester.


The body's rules forbid boxers from betting on themselves.

Haye, 30, has since denied placing a bet himself, explaining that he had predicted a third-round finish and felt under pressure to deliver the result after friends had placed money on the outcome.

"My prediction was the third round and I told a lot of people that and it was true," he said.

"It makes the fight a lot more exciting for people. It did feel like I'd bet on myself because so many people had put money on it."

see also
Harrison opts to carry on boxing
01 Dec 10 |  Boxing
Haye denies betting rules breach
15 Nov 10 |  Boxing
Haye stops Harrison to keep title
13 Nov 10 |  Boxing

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