Harrison's April return
Heavyweight to return after 18 months away from the ring
Last Updated: 17/01/12 7:07pm
Audley Harrison (r) was beaten by David Haye in 2010
British heavyweight Audley Harrison is to return to the ring in April, it has been confirmed.
Harrison last fought in November 2010 when he was soundly beaten by David Haye in a challenge for the WBA heavyweight title.
The 40-year-old has since appeared in TV reality show Strictly Come Dancing but is now to return to his chosen profession when he fights Ali Adams in a 10-rounder in Brentwood on April 14.
Explaining his decision to return, Harrison said: "I've never been more disappointed in myself as I felt that night (against Haye).
"Anyone can lose, but I didn't lose with dignity, so I was never going to retire off that performance.
"'I've been sitting on the shelf for 15 months, so I'm grateful for this opportunity.
"With my right arm now healed, I'll have too much for Ali Adams. I intend to show I still have a future in the game."
However, Iraq-born Adams branded the former Olympic and European champion "a joke".
Adams, who has won 13 and lost three of his 17 fights, said: "Audley is a joke. His fight with Haye was an embarrassment and he still wants to make a comeback.
"I will give him such a beating that Audley will see he does not belong in a boxing ring again."