By Ben Carey
Audley Harrison made light work of Scott Belshaw to comfortably book his place in the second Prizefighter semi-final after registering a second round knockout. The 6’7 Belshaw, the tallest contestant in Prizefighter, tried to force the action but was countered by a straight left hand and went down after a delayed reaction midway through the opening round.
The Irishman picked himself up and again took the fight to Harrison in round two as the Olympic champion seemed content to coast his way to victory. However, with seconds remaining in the round, Belshaw was once again punished by a left hand after missing with his own right and put down in an almost identical manner to the previous knockdown. Although he managed to beat the count at nine, as the bell sounded referee Dave Parris waved things off.
Harrison, now the tournament’s red-hot favourite following main rival’s Danny Williams shock defeat to Carl Baker, can book his place in the final against the winner of the fourth quarter final between novices Danny Hughes and Neil Perkins.