A name synonymous with British boxing, Audley Harrison MBE certainly lived up to his mantra! Fighting in the heavyweight division, he amassed a striking number of titles and was renowned for his speed, combination punching, and booming left hand. Coupled with his quick wit and natural talents in the ring, Audley quickly became a popular personality on television and in print,
From humble roots in the London Borough of Brent, he fought his way to the top of the amateur ranks, showing dedication and focus missing from his earlier years, Audley achieved global success with Commonwealth gold in Kuala Lumpur in 1998 and Olympic glory in Sydney two years later. At the 2000 Olympics in Sydney he became the first British fighter to win an Olympic gold medal in the superheavyweight division.
Showing true entrepreneurialism, Audley set up his own promotional company, and disrupted the boxing industry status quo by concluding an independent deal with BBC Sport, reintroducing boxing back to primetime television after a 15-year hiatus,
Audley made his professional debut on the 19th May 2001, enjoying a stellar career, sharing the ring with some of the biggest names in British boxing.
His victories include winning the World Federation Championship, defeating unbeaten Richel Hersisia. Defeating and gaining revenge over Michael Sprott for the European Heavyweight Championships, where Audley fought with one arm for eight rounds due to a torn pec muscle. Audley also claimed an unprecedented two prizefighter victories, a feat still not surpassed.
Audley suffered many setbacks on his journey through boxing, but never gave up and always showed that great British spirit and determination to dust off and try again. Audley nickname was the ‘A-Force’ and he certainly was ‘A-Force to be reckoned with’ in the boxing ring and boardroom.
Audley’s remarkable success and significant contribution to sport was recognised in 2001 when he was awarded an MBE by the HRH the Queen. Audley Harrison MBE brought boxing to the forefront of British sport and became a true icon. Since his retirement in 2015, he has worked as an ambassador for various causes, inspiring the younger generation to take up sport and positive pastimes to deter them from dysfunctional activities. Audley has also starred in BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing 2011 and came second in Celebrity Big Brother 2014.