Scott Harrison makes emphatic comeback
Former world champion Scott Harrison enjoyed a winning return to the ring on Friday night after a six-and-a-half year absence with a fourth-round stoppage against Hungarian teenager Gyorgy Mizsei Jr.
The 34-year-old former two-time world featherweight champion looked in supreme shape at lightweight and made short work of inexperienced Hungarian.
Vicious blows to the torso had Mizsei sagging on the canvas three times in the second round but somehow he managed to haul himself up and continue boxing.
However, the end came in the fourth when another lefty blow to the torso took the wind out of the Hungarian's sails and the referee waved it off.
Harrison, making his first appearance since a successful defence of his WBO featherweight title against Nedal Hussein in 2005, came out to a huge ovation at the Kelvin Hall in Glasgow and thanked the fans for their support.
‘It was a privilege to be out there in front of the fans. I want to thank them for coming out to support me. Throughout my suspension I have always kept myself in shape no matter what you read in the papers about me being at death's door,’ said Harrison.
‘Hopefully I'll get a chance for a world title in the near future. In the past I was training to lose weight but now I'm improving my fitness and strength. As the fight went on I was punching harder.’
Harrison relinquished his belt in 2006 after failing to make the weight for a defence and checked into the Priory Clinic in Glasgow to treat problems with alcohol and depression.
The Cambuslang boxer lost his licence and continued to struggle with personal problems, and served two-and-a-half years in a Spanish prison after being found guilty in 2009 of assault and attempted theft of a car in Malaga three years earlier.
On the same bill John Simpson halted Paul Appleby in the sixth round and retained his Celtic super-featherweight title. The pair had previously met for the British featherweight crown back in 2008, with Appleby taking a narrow points verdict.