A British professional boxer Audley Harrison was born on 26th October 1971 in Harlesden, England. Harrison fights in heavy weight division. Harrison was involved in the street gangs as well as petty crime in his youth period. He was sentenced to three years in the prison for robbery and assault. After he was released, he devoted his time to amateur boxing as well as his education. He attended London’s Brunel University and got graduated with the degrees in sports science and leisure management.
He began boxing from the year 1997 and since then, he became the regular competitor at major championships. The same year, he became the British super heavyweight champion by defeating Nick Kendall in the final. The next year also he retained the title by defeating Dean Redmond. He won the Gold at 1998 Commonwealth Games in which he defeated Michael Macquae of Mauritius in final. In addition, he also won the Gold in 2000 at Sydney Olympics. There, he defeated Mukhtarkhan Dildabekov of Kazakhstan on the points.
In the year 2001, he was awarded the M.B.E for his service to sport in Queen’s New Years Honors list. He also released his autobiography called Realizing the Dream and also set up his own company named ‘A Force Promotions’ to manage his career. The same year Harrison turned professional after he signed a £1 million contract with the BBC Sport. He made his debut against US club fighter Michael Milddleton. Harrison was then out of the action for several month due to the injury.
In November of 2002, Audley made his United States debut where he knocked out Shawn Robinson in first round. He returned back to UK in 2004 and he fought with unbeaten Dutch fighter Richel Hersisia for World Boxing Foundation instead of fighting with the new British champion Michael Sprott for British title. Due to the serious ligament tear in his left hand which required the hand surgery, he didn’t fight for almost one year. Later in June of 2005, he returned back to the ring. Harrison won the Prizefighter tournament in October of 2009. The following year in April, he knocked out Michael Sprott and became the European heavyweight champion.
Despite the calls for his retirement, it was confirmed on 3rd December 2010 that Audley would continue his career as professional boxer. He won the Prizefighter 29: The International heavyweights III tournament on 23rd February 2013 in which he defeated Derric Rossy in final. Later, he announced his retirement on 1st May 2013. To talk about his personal life, Harrison is married to his wife Raychel. Harrison met Raychel in Las Vegas while in training. The couple got married in the year 2005 in Jamaica and their marriage was featured in OK Magazine. They have a daughter and a son together. Their daughter is named Ariella and son is named Hudson Hugh Harrison.
Apart from that, Audley Harrison had also participated in the 2011 series of Strictly Come Dancing. He was partnered with Natalie Lowe and they made it to the seventh round before they got voted out. Standing tall at the height of six feet and five and half inch, Harrison is also active in charity works. He has support many charities and causes which also includes Crisis UK. In addition to that, Harrison along with Raychel owns the premier hair salon & spa. We can also follow him on his twitter account.