Big mouth Audley is BACK but vows to let his fists do the talking, Price ready for Thompson and how Hatton entertained us
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Harrison has returned to London from his Los Angeles home to take part in the Prizefighter tournament at York Hall, Bethnal Green on Saturday.
But he has told promoter Eddie Hearn: 'Don't expect a word out of me before the night. I won’t be saying anything at the pre-fight media events.
This time I will be doing my talking with my fists.'
To which we can only say: Hear, Hear.
Harrison has kept us entertained down the years with his ego-centric monologues but after his collapses against David Haye and David Price the time really has come for him to throw punches,
Hearn says: 'Audley loves talking so it will be interesting to see if he can go through with this. I might help him by bringing some tape to the press conference and sticking it over his mouth.'
Promoters normally expect the boxers to help them market their shows and in that sense there are few better salesmen than Harrison. But Hearn is happy that the biggest name in his eight-man Prizefighter line-up has already sold out York Hall in record time.
Hearn says: 'We regularly sell out Prizefighter, usually with the last batch of tickets going in the week before the event.
'But this time the tickets all went within three days of the announcement that Audley is taking part. Maybe some fans want to see him knocked out but whatever the reason he still draws a crowd.'
Last time out: Harrison lasted just 82 seconds in Liverpool last October when David Price knocked him out
A-farce: British boxing fans were left feeling short-changed after David Haye cruised to a three-round box office win over Harrison in 2010
Golden hour: Harrison was triumphant for Great Britain at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games
Whether, at 40 now, this will be his last chance to do just that will depend upon how he fares on Saturday.
The winner has to win three three-round fights – quarter, semi and final – and if Harrison fails as spectacularly as he did against Haye and Price he could be forced into reluctant retirement.
However, a heavyweight Prizefighter triumph rescued his career once before and Harrison is such an enigma that it could happen.
The biggest dangers to him appear to be Martin Rogan, another former Prizefighter champion, the experienced Essex-based Pole Albert Sosnowski and American knock-out artist Travis Walker.
Huge threats: Martin Rogan and hard-hitting American Travis Walker (right) are also in action at York Hall
The evening will also see the professional debut of Tom Stalker, the captain of Britain's successful boxing team at the 2012 Olympics.
Stalker's four-rounder against Kristian Laight will fill the gap between the second Prizefighter semi-final and the final.
Hearn says: 'It has seemed a bit unfair that the winner of the second semi has had so little time to recover. So we would like to fit in an attraction like this at every Prizefighter.'
Show time: Tom Stalker will make his professional debut on the Prizefighter card in Bethnal Green
Stalker fell angrily short of a medal at the London Games but his style would appear to be more suited to the professional game.
Nevertheless – be it morbid curiosity or not – Big Audley is the main attraction.
If this is to be his swansong, it would be churlish not to wish him well.
Prizefighter will be live on Sky Sports on Saturday night.
Price is all right and ready for Thompson fight
Contrary to a bizarre flurry of tweets suggesting that the fight is off, David Price is scheduled to continue his steady ascent towards a world heavyweight title shot by fighting American Tony Thompson in his home city of Liverpool on Saturday night.
Promoter Frank Maloney has condemned the rumours as a mischievous attempt to disrupt Price's progress but says: 'Although this has cost us a couple of days of ticket selling we still expect another big night in Liverpool.'
Thumbs up: David Price, who watched his beloved Liverpool thrash Swansea 5-0 on Sunday, will fight Tony Thompson this weekend
Maloney is guiding Price along a similar path to that by which he led Lennox Lewis to world heavyweight domination and the fight with Thompson – who is threatening to ruin those well-laid plans – represents another step in the right direction.
Two of Thompson's three defeats in a 39-fight career came at the fists of Wladimir Klitschko, who Price hopes to challenge for the majority of alpha-belts late this year or early in 2014.
Price v Thompson is live on BoxNation Saturday night via Sky Ch 437 or Virgin Ch 546.
Murray out to ruin the party for Martinez in Argentina
Martin Murray's audacious attempt to relieve Argentina's Sergio Martinez of the WBC world middleweight title in Buenos Aires will be screened live on BoxNation on April 27.
This is a fight which merits a wide audience and Murray deserves his chance to shine on international television.
Martinez is the world's outstanding middleweight and one of the top five pound-for-pound fighters in boxing today. But he is in his late 30s and Murray is hoping that this will be the night when he slips slightly into decline.
Showdown: Martin Murray faces a daunting task in Argentina when he collides with Sergio Martinez (right)
Argentina's president is promoting the event, in a football stadium, as part of a national day of celebration.
Murray must also expect increased hostility from the large crowd at a time when the dispute over the Falkland Islands is heating up once more.
But if they were looking for a no-risk festivity they could have picked an easier oppnonent.
Murray is a hard man and at the very least he will put Martinez through a fierce physical test.
Thanks for entertaining us, Ricky
Ricky Hatton was almost as big a hit in his first performance on Let's Dance for Comic Relief as he used to be in the ring.
Sinisterly clad as a member of the group Kiss, the Hitman threw himself into his routine with all the gusto which characterised his fights.
His choice of tune was appropriate – the Robbie Williams hit Let Me Entertain You. Hatton has never failed to do that.
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It's a knockout: Despite a brilliant routine to 'Let Me Entertain You', Hatton was voted off by the BBC judges
His appearance drew a large TV audience – just as his big fights always sold out.
But the most encouraging sight for his legion of followers was that he looked in good physical condition and very happy three months after his retirement.
Hatton promised he would not revert to his binge-boozing and junk eating after his one-fight comeback and the signs are that he will keep his word.
VIDEO Hatton enacts Robbie's Let Me Entertain You for Comic Relief
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Alexander passes up Money offer to hand Brook title shot
Despite a tweeted approach from Floyd Mayweather, Devon Alexander has promised to rearrange his world welterweight title defence against Kell Brook.
Despite the extra money he could make from fighting Mayweather, Alexander says: 'I owe this to Kell after postponing our fight because of my bicep injury.'
Brook will be even more encouraged to redouble his efforts in training if, as expected in the next few days, Mayweather confirms Robert Guerrero as the opponent for his comeback fight in Las Vegas on May 4.
Alexander versus Brook is being re-scheduled for late April or May.
Change of date: Devon Alexander (left) will re-arrange his postponed title fight with Kell Brook for April or May