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WBO FEATHERWEIGHT champion Scott Harrison has been ordered to appear before the British Boxing Board of Control on a misconduct charge relating to incidents which led to the publicans of East Kilbride banning him from their premises.

"He has been summoned under the BBBC's regulation 25," said Brian McAllister, the Board's Scottish area steward.

"That covers any allegations of misconduct which are detrimental to the interests of boxing. We have the power to fine offenders, suspend them or warn them as to their future conduct."

McAllister told Harrison's manager, Frank Maloney, before the boxer successfully defended his title against Michael Brodie in Manchester last Friday, that this hearing would be taking place.

But Maloney deliberately kept the information from his fighter in order that he could focus on the fight. Harrison will now attend the hearing at the end of this month.Harrison's hopes of taking on WBA and IBF champion Juan Manuel Marquez later in the year may hinge on the Mexican agreeing to put only his WBA belt on the line. Under IBF rules, boxers face two weigh-ins, one on the eve of the contest and one on the morning of it. Their rules stipulate that, at the latter: "Boxers cannot weigh more than 10 pounds over the limit. If, after two hours, he still weighs more than 10 pounds over the limit, the fight cannot proceed as a championship bout."

Since Harrison bulks up by at least a stone between weigh-in and the first bell, he may be at a disadvantage if he goes in lighter than usual.

Meanwhile, Willie Limond meets Belfast's Kevin O'Hara for the Celtic title at the Kelvin Hall a week tonight. He said: "Losing to Arthur in 2003 was a blessing in disguise. I'd won all 18 of my fights until then but that was a reminder I wasn't as good as I thought I was."

Arthur has since added the Commonwealth belt to his collection and takes on European champion Boris Sinitsin next month. Limond also has his sights set on all three belts. He said: "I reckon I'm capable of winning any of them."


TITLE DEFENCE: Scott Harrison celebrates his WBO win over Michael Brodie last week
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 10, 2005
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