Star kickboxer Liam Harrison was “devastated” after a knee harm compelled him to tug out of an exhibition bout with Floyd Mayweather and he nonetheless hopes to battle the boxing icon sooner or later.
Mayweather ended his boxing profession with an ideal report of 50-0, and can go down as one of many legends within the sport.
Lately he has fought in quite a few exhibition bouts, together with in opposition to YouTube sensation and WWE star Logan Paul.
Harrison reveals how he virtually joined the listing of athletes who had confronted Mayweather in a boxing ring, telling Sky Sports activities’ MMA Membership: “I received requested to battle Floyd Mayweather final 12 months and I could not imagine what was taking place!
“After considered one of my fights, I received a foul knee harm. My MCL was torn, my ACL was torn, my knee was simply flopping round my leg! They requested me to do the battle and I assumed it is solely boxing, I haven’t got to throw any kicks. I assumed I will take it, so I simply mentioned yeah.
“For the primary couple of days I used to be coaching, hitting pads, doing pad work, I assumed I am alright right here, I will get by way of this.
“Then once I began sparring and I did not have management of the place their actions have been going, individuals began pushing me again, after coaching I used to be getting out, unwrapping my leg. It was all simply swollen.
“It received to the purpose the place I used to be coaching laborious for a day then I could not stroll for 3 days simply due to how badly broken my leg was.”
Regardless of initially accepting the provide, Harrison defined how the harm’s severity finally ended up stopping the exhibition contest, stating: “I mentioned to my surgeon that is the prospect to battle Floyd Mayweather right here, can I get by way of this camp do you reckon?
“The battle was scheduled for February 17, or one thing like that, and my surgical procedure was due for January 30. I mentioned: ‘Can I push it again and get by way of the battle?’
“He mentioned: ‘Hear I am not going to let you know what to do, however you may do some lasting harm right here.
“‘You may find yourself strolling with a limp, you may want a knee substitute by the point you are 40.’
“He mentioned: ‘Is all that going to be price it?'”
Harrison is without doubt one of the greatest kickboxers ever to emerge from the UK and is at present extremely ranked within the ONE Championship martial arts promotion.
The 38-year-old might have jeopardised his future in kickboxing if he had gone forward with the boxing exhibition with Mayweather. Finally he determined in opposition to pursuing that profitable showdown.
“I assumed I am most likely not going to put a glove on this man even once I’m at full health. I most likely will not be capable of hit him, not to mention if I am on one leg,” he mentioned.
“I assumed: ‘Is it going to be price simply getting in there and humiliating myself the place I can not transfer correctly?’ I needed to pull out and I used to be completely devastated.
“However you by no means know, it would come again round.”