Audley Harrison believes he can keep his title dream alive on Saturday
Audley Harrison knows that victory over Deontay Wilder on Saturday night will make him a world title contender again.
Last Updated: 24/04/13 4:26pm
Wilder is highly ranked with the sanctioning bodies despite beating nobody of note in a career that has seen him stop all 27 of his opponents inside four rounds.
No-one doubts that the American is a dangerous foe but Harrison has an opportunity to boost his own ranking and put him right back in the mix.
And the 41-year-old believes he is the best he has ever been heading into Saturday's fight in Sheffield.
"I knew after Prizefighter I was going to get opportunities," he said. "I was so good in that, I created a stir.
"I said I was looking for someone in the top 10 and so I couldn't ask for anyone better than America's next big thing.
"There is everything to fight for. He is going to be an interesting puzzle for me to figure out, he brings a lot to the table. I have to find a way to get through that power, he has a big right hand.
"Beating him would put me back in the top 10, eligible to fight for world titles, which is my goal.
"After David Price people thought they wouldn't see me again, but setbacks pave the way for comebacks. At 41, I am a complete fighter, very rounded and I am ready to go."
Wilder, a bronze medallist at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, says Harrison is blocking his path to the world championship.
"I am trying to get to the top and he is trying to fight for a world title, but there can only be one," he said.
"I have worked too hard to get where I am - I think his time has come and gone.
"There is a new, younger lion on board and his name is Deontay 'The Bronze Bomber' Wilder."