Harrison has 18 months left at featherweight

SCOTT Harrison, the World Boxing Organisation featherweight champion, has revealed he intends to continue campaigning at nine stones for another 18 months, unless his promoter Frank Warren makes him a financial offer he cannot refuse to move up a division.

The 28-year-old Glaswegian, who has been boxing at featherweight since he was 15, has already defied the advice of both Warren and his manager Frank Maloney by insisting on facing Joan Guzman, the mandatory challenger for his WBO title, at the Braehead Arena on 25 March.

Both men felt Harrison's career would be best advanced by avoiding Guzman, the undefeated and highly-rated former WBO super-bantamweight champion from the Dominican Republic, and stepping up to the super-featherweight division instead.

But the single-minded Scot yesterday warned he will only do so if a major fight against one of the sport's stellar names is on offer. "I've been checked by the doctor today," said Harrison, "and my target weight is just under what it should be.

"I was a bit too heavy last time (against Nedal Hussein in November), but that was because I had problems with gum disease and was on anti-biotics.

"The doctor has told me I'm good to fight at featherweight for another year and a half before I have to move up. I will listen to him, because he knows what he is talking about. If the right challenge came along at super- featherweight, against Manny Pacquiao or one of the other big names and it was for good money, then I would definitely take it.

"It's up to Frank Warren and Frank Maloney if that happens. For now, I'm not looking past Joan Guzman on 25 March."

Warren is not used to having his counsel ignored by his boxers but says he is more than happy to support Harrison's chosen path.

"I admire Scott for taking a dangerous fight he could have avoided," said Warren. "All I have ever had is Scott's best interests at heart and hopefully he has made the right decision."

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