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'Fighting Floyd Mayweather could have damaged me for life - this is why I had to pull out of fight'

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Liam Harrison has opened up on the heartbreak of having to pull out of a dream fight against Floyd Mayweather - and now admitted he's glad it didn't go ahead.

The Muay Thai legend is set to return to ONE Championship on Friday (June 7) after an 18-month injury layoff to take on Katsuki Kitano in Thailand at ONE 167. Harrison, 38, is a pioneer in UK combat sports having made his professional debut at the tender age of 14 as he scored a knockout triumph over Martin Shivnan.

In a career that has spanned 25 years, eight world titles and several countries, the Leeds native was set to compete in an exhibition boxing bout against the undefeated Floyd Mayweather.

Unfortunately for the Brit, he was forced to pull out of the clash and while speaking exclusively to Mirror Sport, he revealed how a knee injury could have damaged him forever if he went ahead with the fight.

"It was a f***ing nightmare what happened, I was due surgery on my knee, my ACL was torn, my MCL was torn, my meniscus was torn all in one knee, my knee was just flopping around my leg basically," he stated.

"I could barely stand, let alone train for a fight. But when I got the offer, I was like f*** it, I'll do it 100%. I thought, I don't have to kick or anything, it's only boxing, I'll just tape my knee up and I should be okay but that wasn't the case, I was in absolute agony.

Liam Harrison was set to take on Floyd Mayweather in an exhibition last year but was forced to pull out due to injury (
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"If you're fighting someone like Floyd Mayweather, I probably wouldn't have laid a glove on him if I was 100% fit, let alone with one leg. It would have been stupid of me to keep pursuing the fight at that time, and then to be fair I might have done some long-lasting damage to myself that couldn't be reversed."

Harrison has scored 50 knockouts in his illustrious career and admitted his penchant for scoring a finish is what drives him to still compete. "I think that's why I'm still fighting today," he revealed. "I'm still chasing that buzz because nothing compares to it on Earth, there's no drug on earth that compares to the drug of getting your hand raised after a fight."

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