Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Confident Krence Will Not Be Another Fall Guy for Harrison

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Confident Krence Will Not Be Another Fall Guy for Harrison

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Byline: DAVID SMITH

AUDLEY HARRISON'S professional boxing career is only four fights old, yet already a tradition has been established whereby his choice of opponents are subjected to ridicule and derision.

With good reason. First there was the American private eye who couldn't take it on the chin. Next came the factory worker who barely produced the goods.

Then we had the Polish nightclub bouncer who bounced. And most recently a skyscraper of a basketball player from Detroit who was so short on skill it was embarrassing to watch.

For his next trick, at the ExCel Arena in London's Docklands tomorrow night, Harrison has invited a Mr Mark Krence to share the canvas.

What can we say about Krence that is in keeping with tradition? Well, he is a former part-time butcher, so he knows everything there is to know about a piece of meat being prepared for a pounding. And he is thin to the point of being skinny.

But hold on a minute. There is a line on Krence's record-sheet that reads "ABA Champion".

This is the first clue that suggests Harrison may at last be facing the real deal. In fact, Krence believes Harrison has foolishly dealt himself a losing hand.

He told Standard Sport: "Harrison has definitely made a mistake in taking me on. I know I'll be giving away weight, but I'll be too fast for him, and I'll prove my technical ability is better than his as well."

Richard Poxon, who trains Krence in the same Sheffield gym where Clinton Woods is preparing to challenge fighting legend Roy Jones Jnr, backs his man.

"If I were Harrison's people I wouldn't have taken this fight at this stage in his career," he said.

So, having overestimated the quality of the first four men to tackle the Olympic champion, have Harrison's management underestimated the threat posed by Krence?

If they had done their research properly, they would have known that Krence was an England international who twice fought through to the ABA finals, winning the cruiserweight-title in 1999. …

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