Harrison confirms showdown with American Wilder on Khan undercard in Sheffield
18:51 GMT, 25 March 2013
20:01 GMT, 25 March 2013
Audley Harrison has agreed to fight American heavyweight hope Deontay Wilder on April 27 in Sheffield.
The 41-year-old bounced back from a brutal defeat to David Price by winning Prizefighter for a second time last month.
But Wilder will prove to be an altogether different proposition having stopped every one of his 27 opponents to date.
A-Force: Audley Harrison will be back in action for the first time since winning Prizefighter in February
Big stage: Deontay Wilder (right) was on the undercard of Amir Khan's win against Carlos Molina in December
Harrison confirmed on Twitter that he has accepted the fight at five weeks notice and expects to be added to the undercard of Amir Khan’s homecoming against Julio Diaz.
Wilder has long been groomed as America’s next world heavyweight champion but has been largely untested since turning professional more than four years ago.
The 27-year-old fought outside of the United States for the first time in January when beating Matthew Greer in Mexico and has never been past the fourth round of a fight.
Hailing from Alabama, he won a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing despite having had just 30 amateur fights.
Homecoming: Khan will top the bill in Sheffield when he takes on Julio Diaz
Harrison, meanwhile, still harbours hopes of winning a world title despite his defeats to Price and David Haye.
He earned plaudits for his performances in beating Claus Bertino, Martin Rogan and Derric Rossy at York Hall but will have his work cut out against Wilder.
Indeed, the pair sparred in preparation for Harrison’s fight with Price with the veteran admitting: ‘Deontay Wilder punches like a mule, and he’s fast. I had four weeks of him, and some days he was catching me with clean shots.’
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