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Harrison targets world title

Scott Harrison has targeted a world title in September after announcing he will end a six-year absence from a boxing ring later this month.

The former WBO featherweight champion, who regained his boxing licence in December after spending two-and-a-half years in a Spanish jail following an assault conviction, will fight on March 31 in Blackpool's Winter Gardens.

The 34-year-old has not fought since retaining his WBO title against Nedal Hussein in November 2005.

He relinquished his belt the following year amid alcohol and personal problems as he struggled to make the weight.

Harrison, who has been reunited with former manager Frank Maloney, revealed he planned more warm-up fights in May and June.

He told BBC Scotland: "Then I would like to fight for the world title in September. It will be at super-featherweight and probably here in Glasgow.

"I need a couple of fights to get out the ring-rust and then I'll be ready.

"After being suspended for five years, it's a lot to ask but I feel within myself 100 per cent it's going to happen, 1,000 per cent it's going to happen."

Harrison insists he is returning to peak fitness and will be in even better shape than during his heyday, when he lost just one of 11 WBO title fights.

"I live a lot better than I did when I was in my 20s when I was world champion," he added.

"I feel fitter, sharper. I'm more focused.

"A hungry fighter is a very dangerous fighter.

"I have seen the good side of life. I have seen the bad side of life.

"I feel I have got a lot to prove. I have got more titles to win so I can cement my legacy."

The Scot added: "I have been through a lot. A lot of stories have been in the paper, a lot of things have gone on, I have lost a lot of things.

"But I have gained a lot of things as well.

"I have got my new fiancee and my new son Jack. For me, life is good.

"I have got my boxing licence back and within four weeks I'll be fighting again. Life is good."

Harrison's fight will be an eight-round contest on the undercard of the British light-middleweight title fight between Brian Rose and Max Maxwell.