Scott Harrison: Former world champion to return to boxing behind closed doors in July

Scott Harrison has not fought since 2013 and has since served four years in prison
Scott Harrison has not fought since 2013 and has since served four years in prison

Former world featherweight champion Scott Harrison will return to the ring for the first time in seven years at a behind-closed-doors event in Aberdeen on 18 July.

Harrison, who was released from jail in July 2018 after serving four years for assault, has had several scheduled comeback fights fall through.

But the Scot, 42, will headline a pay-per-view bout against PBC international champion Paul Peers, which will be available on free-to-air television 10 days later.

It is the first professional boxing show scheduled to take place in the UK this year, after events were cancelled or postponed amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Harrison has been licensed to box by the British and Irish Boxing Authority (BIBA) and not the British Boxing Board of Control. The card will take place without spectators at the Northern Hotel in Aberdeen, with BIBA previously stating coronavirus testing would be mandatory for anyone in attendance.

"Rapid result testing will be undertaken at the venue," Biba vice-president Gianluca di Caro said last month before the card had been confirmed. "There will be full personal protection equipment, as well as hand sanitiser, and we will regularly take the temperatures of those in attendance."

Harrison was due to return on the undercard of Nigel Benn's bout with Sakio Bika in November, and against Tackie Annan 11 months earlier.

The Glasgow fighter won the WBO featherweight belt in 2002 and regained it the following year in a rematch with Mexico's Manuel Medina.

On the undercard, Orkney-based Caitlin Foran, a 10-time world kickboxing champion, will make her professional boxing debut against York's Carly Mackenzie.

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