Scott Harrison (boxer)

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Scott Harrison
Statistics
Real name Scott Harrison
Nickname(s) The Real McCoy
Rated at Featherweight, Lightweight
Nationality Scottish
Born (1977-08-19) 19 August 1977 (age 39)
Bellshill, Lanarkshire, Greater Glasgow, Scotland
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 32[1]
Wins 27
Wins by KO 15
Losses 3
Draws 2

Scott Harrison (born 19 August 1977) is a former world boxing featherweight champion and the first Scottish boxer to regain the World Boxing Organisation championship. His career has been dogged by controversy out of the ring and problems with alcohol have caused him to fall foul of the law on numerous occasions.

Boxing career[edit]

He became WBO featherweight champion in 2002. In July 2003, he lost the title to the Mexican Manuel Medina but regained it in November of that year.[1] In May 2006 Harrison pulled out of a title defence in Belfast. Promoter Frank Warren was disappointed with the decision but urged Harrison to seek help for his problems. It was reported that an incident had occurred in a nightclub, for which he was due to go to trial. Over the coming days Harrison checked into the Priory Clinic, citing problems with depression and alcohol.[2]

In December 2006, Harrison was stripped of his WBO title after failing to make the required weight (9 st 7 lb) ahead of the fight with Cook. Harrison failed to turn up for the weigh-in. His father issued a statement stating that Harrison had been advised on medical grounds not to take on the fight.[3] In February 2008 Harrison claimed to be fully fit, and announced his intention to apply for his boxing licence to be reinstated, with a view to eventually taking on Alex Arthur for the WBO title. He blamed the pressures of making the weight limit for the featherweight division for contributing to his stress and depression, and claimed he would in future fight at super featherweight.[4]

Scott was scheduled to return to the ring on 29 June 2012 against Frenchman Brahim Bariz, who withdrew in the 11th hour. Instead he faced Hungarian teenager György Mizsei Jr. on the same date.[5] Scott won the fight, which took place at Kelvin Hall, Glasgow as an Alex Morrison promotion, after the referee stopped the fight.[6]

Outside the ring[edit]

Harrison was jailed for eight months on 2 September 2008 for drink-driving and assault,[7] and was released from HM Prison Barlinnie on 1 January 2009 after serving four months of his sentence.[8] On 25 April 2009 Harrison was sentenced to 30 months imprisonment for assault in Málaga,[9] he served five months on remand in Alhaurín de la Torre and was released on 13 September 2011.[10] In November 2012 Harrison was sentenced to four years in prison by a Spanish judge in Málaga, after being found guilty of assault.

It was announced that Harrison would be appealing the decision.[11] On 16 February 2013 it was reported that Harrison could be sent to jail within weeks.[12] On 3 May 2013 Harrison lost his appeal against suspending the initial four-year sentence and was told that he had 15 days to report to jail otherwise he would be arrested and detained immediately.[13]


Achievements
New title WBO Featherweight Interim Champion
8 June 2002 – 19 October 2002
Unified
Vacant
Title next held by
Juan Manuel Marquez
Preceded by
Julio Pablo Chacon
WBO Featherweight Champion
19 October 2002 – 12 July 2003
Succeeded by
Manuel Medina
Preceded by
Manuel Medina
WBO Featherweight Champion
29 November 2003 – 6 December 2006
Stripped
Succeeded by
Juan Manuel Marquez
Interim Champion promoted

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Scott Harrison". BoxRec. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Boxer Harrison checks into Priory BBC News, Wednesday, 17 May 2006
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ Harrison says he's fighting fit and ready for Arthur bout, The Scotsman, 6 February 2008
  5. ^ "Scott Harrison set to face Hungarian teenager in ring return". The Daily Record. 28 June 2012. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Scott Harrison eyes title after winning return to boxing". BBC Sport. 30 June 2012. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "Boxer Harrison jailed for eight months | Metro News". Metro.co.uk. 2008-09-02. Retrieved 2016-08-17. 
  8. ^ "Ex-world champion Harrison released from prison early". Daily Mail. London, UK. 
  9. ^ Couzens, Gerard. "Spy cameras to be installed on secondary school buses". Daily Record. Retrieved 2016-08-17. 
  10. ^ Bryce, James (2011-09-13). "Boxer Scott Harrison released from Spanish jail | Olive Press News Spain". Theolivepress.es. Retrieved 2016-08-17. 
  11. ^ Martin Domin (6 November 2012). "Harrison sentenced to four years in Spanish prison after brothel brawl". Mail Online. London: Associated Newspapers. Retrieved 10 November 2012. 
  12. ^ "Shamed boxer Scott Harrison will be hauled back to Spanish jail". Thescottishsun.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-08-17. 
  13. ^ "No mercy for Scott Harrison as Spanish judges KO assault appeal". Thescottishsun.co.uk. 2007-05-20. Retrieved 2016-08-17.