Opinion | Oct 06 2017

‘We all need to thank Audley Harrison’

In his Letter from America Tony Jeffries explains why British boxing owes Audley Harrison a debt of gratitude
Audley Harrison
Anthony-Joshua-with-Audley-Harrison  |  Action Images/Reuters/Murad Sezer

IF Audley Harrison didn’t win that gold medal in the Sydney Olympics in 2000, I 100% guarantee that British boxing wouldn’t be where it is today.

That gold medal was the reason boxing got funding from the National Lottery. Straight after the 2000 games, Britain put together their eight-year training “world class boxing program”.

This provided boxing with the funding required to hire national trainers and bring all national champions together to be able to train, travel and fight. They put a lot of money and attention into the 14-16-year-old champions and placed them on the plan – I was one of them.