Boxer Audley Harrison trains at Moss Side fire station

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Audley Harrison sad clubs like this were important for young people

Professional boxer Audley Harrison used the services of a Manchester fire station to prepare for his big fight with WBA champion David Haye.

The heavyweight boxer had spent the past week at Moss Side Fire Station's Boxing Club.

But it could not stop him losing in three rounds at Manchester's MEN Arena.

"I grew up in a tough neighbourhood and it's thanks to clubs like this that I avoided many of the pit falls that some of my friends faced," Harrison said.

The last high-profile all-British world heavyweight match-up came in 1993 when Lennox Lewis beat Frank Bruno for the WBC title.

Harrison, who made a comeback in 2009, used to be good friends with his arch rival Haye.

However, the pair have been publicly goading each other ahead of their fight later.

Haye, 29, won the WBA belt by beating giant Russian Nikolay Valuev on points in Germany on 7 November 2009.

The former cruiserweight king, who has lost only once in 25 professional bouts, then defended his title by stopping American John Ruiz at the MEN Arena in April.

Harrison, from London, added: "I am happy to do my final week of training at Moss Side Fire Station boxing club because it's important to support clubs like this that do such a good job in working with young people."

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