Biography courtesy of Wikipedia
Scott Harrison (born 19 August 1977) is a Scottish professional boxer who held the WBO featherweight title twice between 2002 and 2005. At regional level, he held the Commonwealth featherweight title from 2000 to 2002 and the British featherweight title in 2001. As an amateur, he won a bronze medal in the featherweight division at the 1996 European Championships.
Harrison has a record of 8-1-1 (5 by KO) in world title fights. He also has a record of 6-1-0 (2 by KO) against former world champions.
In March 1995 Harrison won the Scottish ABA Championship in Coatbridge, Scotland. He defeated Alston Buchanan 24–9 in the final to claim the title.
Harrison won gold at the 1995 European Junior Championships in Siofok, Hungary. He defeated Thomas Papp, Attila Jonas and Yohan Zaoui before beating Russian Ivan Goriunov 11–5 in the final to claim the gold medal.
At the 1996 European Championships in Vejle, Denmark, he won bronze by beating Toni Naskovski in the first round, János Nagy, and Evgeniy Shestakov to reach the semi-final against Russian southpaw favourite and eventual gold medal winner Ramaz Paliani, to whom he lost 1–7.
Harrison won his first professional bout on 7 October 1996, when he knocked out Eddie Sica in round 2 at Lewisham Theatre in London. In January 2000, in his eleventh fight, Harrison picked up the Commonwealth featherweight title by beating Patrick Mullings by unanimous decision. He became the first Scottish boxer to win the Commonwealth featherweight title since Evan Armstrong in 1974.
After capturing the Commonwealth title Harrison faced two former world champions.
In April 2000 Harrison made his US debut. He faced former two-weight champion Tracy Harris Patterson at Madison Square Garden on the undercard of Lennox Lewis vs. Michael Grant. Harrison dominated the fight, winning by unanimous decision, with the judges scoring the contest 97–93, 98-92 and 99–91.
Three months later Harrison defeated former IBF featherweight champion Tom Johnson at London Arena. He dominated the fight, retaining his IBO Inter-Continental Featherweight Title on his way to a unanimous decision, 117–113, 119–111, 119–109, on the judges’ cards.
Harrison rounded the year off with the first defence of his Commonwealth title. He stopped Eric Odumase by TKO in round 12 of the contest at Waterfront Hall in Belfast.
In March 2001, Harrison added the vacant British title to his Commonwealth Featherweight title with a win against Liverpool’s Richie Wenton at Ponds Forge in Sheffield. Harrison put Wenton down in the first round but it wasn’t until the fourth round referee Dave Parris stopped the fight after continued pressure from Harrison. After the fight Harrison said “It was my sweetest win”.
Harrison made the first defence of his British title six months later against former title holder Gary Thornhill at the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester. Harrison dropped his opponent with a left hook to the body and the contest was halted after 31 seconds of round five.
Harrison made the final defence of his British title in November 2001 against former WBO featherweight champion Steve Robinson. Harrison was in control for the duration of the fight with referee Richie Davies stopping the fight only nine seconds of the round three remaining.
At the end of 2001, Harrison was voted Young Boxer of the Year by the Professional Boxing Association and the Boxing Writers’ Club.
Harrison became WBO featherweight champion in 2002, defeating former Olympic bronze medalist Julio Pablo Chacon with a unanimous points decision at Breahead Arena in Glasgow by scores of 117–111, 117-112 and 117–111. With Harrison’s win, he became Scotland’s eighth world champion.
After picking up the world title for the first time Harrison ended the year, The Ring’s #8-ranked featherweight in the world.
Harrison made his first world title defence against Wayne McCullough in March 2003 at Braehead Arena. Harrison comprehensively outpointed McCullough winning on the judges’ scorecards 119–109, 119-108 and 120–108. After the fight McCullough said Harrison was the strongest boxer he had faced.
In July 2003, he lost the title to the Mexican Manuel Medina but regained it in November of that year.
British & Irish Boxing Authority
In September 2018 it was announced Harrison had been granted a licence from the British & Irish Boxing Authority (BIBA) with the intention to return to the ring before the end of 2018.
Harrison later signed a promotional deal with Lee McAllister’s Assassin Boxing Promotions & Management. A fight was scheduled to take place on 8 December 2018, at the Glasgow Club Bellahouston in Glasgow against Ghana’s Tackie Annan but the bout was postponed after Annan suffered an injury.
Harrison was then scheduled to appear on the undercard of Nigel Benn’s proposed comeback fight against Sakio Bika in November 2019, but Harrison pulled out of the fight citing “unprofessional” behaviour from Benn’s team.
On 17 May 2020, Harrison confirmed he would return to professional boxing after a seven-year absence with a fight against Orkney based PBC International Champion Paul Peers. The closed-door contest took place in Aberdeen on 18 July 2020 and was broadcast live on FITE TV. Harrison won the bout with a third-round stoppage. Harrison floored his rival with a body shot prompting Peers’ corner to throw in the towel.
Full Fight – Scott Harrison vs Paul Peers 18th July 2020