Fight Managers Declare War!
14.04.05 - If the fight between WBO World Featherweight Champion Scott Harrison and Michael Brodie on Friday 3 June at the M.E.N Arena is anything like the war of words between their managers Frank Maloney and Jack Trickett then it's set to be A REAL WAR. Following a heated head-to-head press conference on Monday between all parties, Maloney has hit back at Trickett after he again questioned Harrison's fight record by asking: "Who has Harrison fought in his career?"
Article posted on 14.04.2005
In response, Maloney has uncovered an article from an internet boxing website from 2003 with quotes from Trickett telling promoter Barry Hearn to "piss off" regarding a proposed fight between Brodie and five-time World champion Manuel Medina.
Trickett also went on to say: "Why have a war with that Medina," , "Medina is an awkward, awkward fighter," and "I'd have Mike in an easy fight,"
With Brodie unwilling to face the hard Mexican, Harrison took on the challenge but a below-par performance due to illness saw him lose his title on a points decision.
However, the rematch was a totally different affair with a ruthless Harrison stopping Medina in the eleventh round to become the first ever Scot to regain a world title.
Maloney has now come out firing from both barrels in defence of his charge.
He said, "The only reason Jack can be saying this is because at his stage in life senile dementia is setting in,"
"If so, I will happily remind him by sending him a copy of what he said. Maybe his statements finally explains why everytime Brodie steps up to the final hurdle he comes up short because Trickett has always wrapped him in cotton wool. If he thinks Medina was going to be a war, he'd better wake up in the real world and realise Harrison and Brodie will be a nuclear explosion with only one winner."
Harrison and his father and trainer Peter have now locked themselves away in isolation at their Fort William training in the baron Highland mountains.
The surly Cambuslang slugger said, "The fans are in for an explosive fight. I will take out my anger on Brodie for Trickett's comments. The fight won't last long but it depends on what Brodie turns up on the night. If he wants to stand and trade with me he will feel he's in the trenches of the First World War. If he wants to run, he will last a little longer but I will pick him off with my punches like a sniper."
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