I'LL QUIT AT THE TOP; BOXING HAYE V HARRISON: TWO DAYS TO GO.
AUDLEY HArrison may quit if he shocks bitter rival David Haye to become world heavyweight king.
Harrison, who won gold in Sydney 10 years ago, said: "It really will be mission complete when I win.
"The Olympics was all about realising a dream. Once I did that I had to set new goals and the goal was to be a world champion.
"It wasn't to be the undisputed champion, it was to be a world champion.
"So once I've achieved that goal, it really will be mission complete.
"Then it will be time for reflection and I'll have to decide what I want to do. I'm not in boxing for the money or longevity.
"I'm in boxing to achieve my goals. There is a rematch clause, but once I win I'll sit down and decide what to do.
"Being unified champion is not a goal I've set for myself."
Harrison, 39, claims he does not need to unify the belts to secure his place in the pantheon of greats but can do that by taking Haye's WBA crown as he would be the first Briton to win Olympic gold and a world title.
"My legacy will be secured," said the former European champ.
"This will be the greatest sporting comeback of alltime.
I will be the first British Olympic gold medallist in history to go on and win a world title.
"I'll go down in history. I will have secured my legacy in British boxing."
Harrison has tried to rattle Haye ahead of Saturday's grudge match in front of a sell-out 22,000 crowd at Manchester's MEN Arena and, like some prophet, claims right is on his side.
The 5-1 outsider has modelled himself on Barack Obama with his "Yes I can" mantra and claims the country is getting behind him, although 79 per cent of people who took part in a Sky Sports poll are rooting for Haye.
"I've already won the mind games," he declared. "This is becoming a moral story. I'm fighting for my destiny, my vision. He's fighting for money.
2 "If he wanted a legacy he would have fought the Klitschkos. Haye says people want to see me destroyed. They don't want to see me destroyed, they want to see me make history - and that is getting to him.
"My story is starting to resonate with people. People are thinking this guy has soldiered on and that maybe they could show some of that spirit."
Haye, 30, laughed off the jibes and dismissed his opponent as "crazy".
The former undisputed world cruiserweight champ fears Harrison has become so unstable he may do an Oliver McCall by breaking down in the ring as the American did during his rematch with Lennox Lewis in 1997.
"He is like Oliver McCall, who was one of those crazy guys," said south Londoner, Haye.
"He's not making any sense with some of the things he's saying and looking into his eyes you can see it.
"He's folding under the pressure. The guy is delusional, the guy has really lost the plot."
HAYE-HARRISON SPECIALS... Audley knocked down - 1/5 Haye knocked down - 5/1 Audley knocked down in 1st - 5/2 Haye knocked down in 1st - 16/1
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Nov 11, 2010|
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