Liam Harrison isn’t the kind of fighter to shy away from throwing down with anyone inside the circle. However, at this point in his career, he knows he needs to be smart.
The veteran has over 100 contests under his belt and he knows his own body and where his limits are.
With what is sure to produce some of the biggest fights of the year, ONE Championship’s Openweight Muay Thai World Grand Prix has got fans salivating over potential dream matchups.
With the contestants of the tournament still yet to be announced, Liam Harrison has declared that he is not looking to compete in it. ‘The Hitman’ is still recovering from a tough knee injury that has kept him out of competition since his clash with ONE bantamweight Muay Thai world champion Nong-O Hama.
In an interview with The MMA Superfan, Harrison spoke about how he is being smart in waiting for his injuries to recover, instead of risking the chance that he could face a much larger opponent in the tournament.
“I know, just from my look, that I’d get some giant or Regian Eersel or someone like that in the first round. I’m just coming back from injury, I don’t wanna go into a tournament. I just got my body strong again, I got my body fresh, and then fight some giant, especially in four-ounce MMA gloves in the first round.”
Watch the full interview below:
Liam Harrison reveals surgeon warned him of irreparable damage should he fight Floyd Mayweather while injured
Liam Harrison’s recent injuries have forced him to turn down several fights, which isn’t his style. Having competed all over the world, ‘The Hitman’ will take on any challengers put in front of him but his recovery has kept him on the sidelines.
Last month, Harrison was incorrectly announced to be competing in an exhibition boxing match against boxing icon Floyd Mayweather Jr. at The O2 arena in London, England. Whilst the Brit quickly made it clear that he was not fighting on this date, he was disappointed to watch this opportunity pass him by.
It’s not everyday that you get the opportunity to share a boxing ring with one of the all-time greats, but Liam Harrison’s knee injuries had other ideas. In his clash with Nong-O Hama at ONE on Prime Video 1, Harrison was defeated in the opening round due to some devastating leg kicks.
In a recent interview with The MMA Superfan, the veteran spoke about the recovery process for his injury and how that kept him out of the contest with ‘Money’ Mayweather.
“I spoke to my surgeon. I said, ‘Listen, am I gonna be able to do this fight? It’s only boxing.’ And he told me, he said basically, ‘Be careful because you might be doing some damage that might be irreversible, you might be needing a knee replacement by the time that you’re 40, you might be always walking with a limp, you might not be able to fight Muay Thai again.’ He said, ‘You need to think about what you’re doing.'”