Scott Harrison (boxer)

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Scott Harrison
Real name Scott Harrison
Nickname(s) The Real McCoy
Rated at Featherweight, Lightweight
Nationality Scottish
Born (1977-08-19) 19 August 1977 (age 38)
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 due to be screened on ITV1's Big Fight Live. He was replaced by Danny Williams. Promoter Frank Warren was less than pleased with this decision and made his views known to the media. After his withdrawal, it became apparent that things were not good and the Daily Record reported that an incident had occurred in a nightclub. Over the coming days Harrison checked into the Priory Clinic in London, 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]

Legal Issues and Prison Sentences[edit]

Harrison was jailed for 8 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 again sentenced to 30 months imprisonment for assault in Malaga,[9] he served 5 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 Malaga, 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]

New title WBO Featherweight Interim Champion
8 June 2002 – 19 October 2002
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
Succeeded by
Juan Manuel Marquez
Interim Champion promoted

See also[edit]