Board say Harrison failed to provide background check

By Phil GoodladBBC Scotland
Scott Harrison
Harrison is in training and hoping for a return to the ring at the age of 34

The British Boxing Board of Control have hit back against claims that they do not want Scott Harrison to return to the ring.

The former world champion said that he had submitted the necessary paperwork to obtain his licence but that the authorities want to see him fail.

The BBBC say that they did not receive the required documentation.

They are also waiting for Harrison to provide a police background check before they can make a decision.

In April 2009, Harrison was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison after being found guilty of attempting to steal a car and assaulting two men in the vehicle as well as a policeman in October 2006.

The Glaswegian beat Victor Santiago to become WBO featherweight champion in 2002, lost it in 2003 to Manuel Medina but regained it from the same opponent later that year.

However, after pulling out of a title defence in May 2006, he checked into the Priory Clinic in London citing problems with depression and alcohol.

He was later stripped of his WBO title and his licence to box - and declared bankrupt.

Harrison failed with a previous attempt to regain his licence in 2008 and complains that the latest decision has put him "back to square one again".

"I'm shocked. Without my licence, I can't get back to work," he said.

"I've got a family and I can't provide for my three kids without getting my licence back."

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