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Harrison return hit by delay

PUBLISHED: 11:55 17 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:27 05 October 2010

AUDLEY Harrison has expressed his disappointment after his clash with unbeaten Belfast boxer Martin Rogan, due to take place at the Aston Events Centre on Saturday night, was subject to a late postponement. A statement from the promoters Sports Network l

AUDLEY Harrison has expressed his disappointment after his clash with unbeaten Belfast boxer Martin Rogan, due to take place at the Aston Events Centre on Saturday night, was subject to a late postponement.

A statement from the promoters Sports Network last weekend said the date for the Birmingham card has been switched because of problems with television scheduling.

It is the latest disappointment in the career of the 2000 Olympic Games gold medal winner, who has known more than his fair share of setbacks during a tumultuous eight-year pro campaign.

"It was a real blow when I heard the news, I have been training hard for my return to England," said the former Repton amateur star, who is now based in the United States.

"I'm not that far away from a title shot. I'm still a world-class fighter. It's just a question of getting into position."

Irish fighter Rogan was looking for the best win of his career against Harrison and is equally frustrated by the delay.

"I'm totally gutted - I'm in the best shape of my life and this is a big kick in the teeth for me," said Rogan, who won the inaugural Prizefighter competition at York Hall.

"How can they pull the show so late? Surely they knew the schedule for television."

The promoters said they hoped to announce a new date soon for the card at the Aston Events Centre.

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