Harrison's title hopes ended

  • Last Updated: April 20 2013, 21:42 BST

Scott Harrison's hopes of becoming world champion for a third time were brought to an abrupt end by Liam Walsh at Wembley Arena.

Scott Harrison (l) was outpointed by Liam Walsh
Scott Harrison (l) was outpointed by Liam Walsh

The third fight of the 35-year-old Scot's comeback after six years out of the ring ended with a unanimous points defeat as Walsh took a comfortable 98-92 97-93 97-93 decision.

It was the third defeat of Harrison's 31-fight career and casts doubt over his future in the sport, while unbeaten Walsh registered his 14th victory to retain his lightly regarded WBO European lightweight belt.

A cut appeared above Walsh's right eye in the opening round as Harrison, the two-time former WBO featherweight champion, made a brisk start as he forced his opponent onto the back foot.

But it was southpaw Walsh, from Norfolk, who enjoyed greater success in the early rounds with a right uppercut in the second and a straight left in the third wobbling the advancing Scot.

It was Harrison's turn to stun his opponent in the fourth with a right hook doing the initial damage, although the follow-up shots were less damaging and Walsh recovered quickly.

The next four rounds followed a similar pattern with Harrison stalking 26-year-old Walsh, who was content to box on the back foot.

The ninth turned into a war of attrition as the rivals traded blows in the centre of the ring with Walsh just about edging the exchanges, and the 10th and final round proved to be a disappointment in comparison.

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