Audley Harrison has apologised to David Haye for hitting him with the only blow he landed during the first round of their World heavy weight Championship bout, at the M.E.N Arena in Manchester.
Harrison was contrite having thrown the straight left during his defeat by the reigning World Champion.
He told reporters, “You know, I had a game plan, and it went badly wrong. I hit him. I can’t believe I would do such a thing in front of all those people. I don’t know what they must of think of me.”
The south paw from Harlesdon was in no mood to defend himself and quickly gave into the complicitness of sweet surrender saying, “I really am sorry. To everyone who was watching, to my mama, sorry.”
“I don’t know what came over me, and to do it in the first round as well. I should have been able to hold my temper longer than that. I was out of order and I’d like to apologise to David Haye. It was unintentional.”
Audley Harrison apology
Harrison explained that the punching incident was why the Manchester crowd booed loudly for large parts of the fight.
“They saw what I did and really let me know they were unhappy with that punch, which is perfectly understandable – I was unhappy with myself.”
Haye, who only accepts apologies by fax, said he was surprised at the attempted punch from Harrison.
“His hand came towards me in slow motion. I thought time was standing still, but I quickly realized that it wasn’t time, but Harrison.”
Harrison has stated he will consider his future, but hasn’t ruled out a career training professional fighters how to avoid throwing punches.