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Less than a month away from the fight of his life, British former Olympic gold medalist and heavyweight boxer Audley Harrison has signed a sponsorship deal with Full Tilt Poker and will wear the FT logo in his upcoming bout as well as all bouts in the future.
Harrison, with a record of twenty-seven wins and four losses, will fight fellow countryman David Haye for the World Heavyweight title at the M.E.N Arena on November 13, in what is being billed as one of the biggest fights in British boxing history.
It was not long ago that Harrison was holding a one-way ticket to palookaville, his career on the down slide, when his love of poker provided him with a fortuitous meeting with managing director of Matchroom Sport, Eddie Hearn, during the 2009 World Series of Poker (WSOP). After getting to know each other a bit, Harrison entered into an agreement to take part in Matchroom Sport’s Prizefighter Heavyweights III tournament to be held later that year, which he won handily.
That led to him winning the EBU Heavyweight Title despite a bad arm against Michael Sprott, a boxer with a big punch who had knocked him out once before. His career jump started, Harrison subsequently had surgery on his torn Pectoralis major muscle in April of 2010, then vacated the European title in June in order to enable him to seek a world title shot, the result of which is the upcoming bout against Haye.
Harrison commented on his deal with the online poker powerhouse, “I fell in love with poker while living in Las Vegas and have spent time learning how to play the game from the professionals who reside there. I have had some great results already in the game and Eddie and I have been looking at joining the right team for a while now. We have found the perfect partner in Full Tilt Poker and I look forward to representing them both in the ring and on the tables. Next time I’m in action on the felt, I plan to have the WBA Heavyweight Championship belt round my waist.”
As far as his poker prowess, Harrison has played with noted pros such as Hoyt Corkins, Daniel Negreanu, Roland De Wolfe, Marcel Luske, and James MacKey. He has over $200,00 in career winnings, the highlights being a pair of WSOP cashes, along with a runner’s-up finish at the Bellagio Cup and coming in third in the Venetian Deep Stack in June this year.
“I have heard it a hundred times from sportsmen and celebrities who think they can play the game but very few can, Audley is certainly in that small number,” said Hearn, Harrison’s promoter. “I watched him come close to winning the deep stack event at the Venetian in July and I think he has a big tournament result in his locker. The partnership with Full Tilt is an exciting one and I know Audley will be a great ambassador for the brand.”
Although poker is forbidden while he is in training, Harrison has declared his goal of winning either the Full Tilt $1 Million or the $750,000 Guaranteed within the next 12 months. So far, his best result was coming in 13th in the Full Tilt $1 Million Guaranteed.