Scott Harrison (boxer)

Scott Harrison (born 19 August 1977) is a Scottish former professional boxer who competed from 1996 to 2013. He held the WBO featherweight title twice between 2002 and 2005. At regional level, he held the Commonwealth featherweight title from 2000 to 2002 and the British featherweight title in 2001. As an amateur, he won a bronze medal in the featherweight division at the 1996 European Amateur Championships. His career has been dogged by controversy out of the ring and problems with alcohol have caused him to fall foul of the law on numerous occasions.[2][3]

Scott Harrison
Nickname(s)The Real McCoy
Born (1977-08-19) 19 August 1977 (age 42)
Bellshill, Lanarkshire, Greater Glasgow, Scotland
Boxing record
Total fights32[1]
Wins by KO15

Boxing careerEdit

He became WBO featherweight champion in 2002. In July 2003, he lost the title to the Mexican Manuel Medina but regained it in November of that year.[1] In May 2006 Harrison pulled out of a title defence in Belfast. Promoter Frank Warren was disappointed with the decision but urged Harrison to seek help for his problems. It was reported that an incident had occurred in a nightclub, for which he was due to go to trial. Over the coming days Harrison checked into the Priory Clinic, citing problems with depression and alcohol.[4]

In February 2008 Harrison claimed to be fully fit, and announced his intention to apply for his boxing licence to be reinstated, with a view to eventually taking on Alex Arthur for the WBO title. He blamed the pressures of making the weight limit for the featherweight division for contributing to his stress and depression, and claimed he would in future fight at super featherweight.[5]

Scott was scheduled to return to the ring on 29 June 2012 against Frenchman Brahim Bariz, who withdrew in the 11th hour. Instead he faced Hungarian teenager György Mizsei Jr. on the same date.[6] Scott won the fight, which took place at Kelvin Hall as an Alex Morrison promotion, after the referee stopped the fight.[7]

Outside the ringEdit

Harrison was jailed for eight months on 2 September 2008 for drink-driving and assault,[8] and was released from HM Prison Barlinnie on 31 December 2008 after serving four months of his sentence.[9]

On 25 April 2009 Harrison was sentenced to 30 months imprisonment for assault in Málaga,[10] he served five months on remand in Alhaurín de la Torre and was released on 13 September 2011.[11]

On 3 May 2013 Harrison lost his appeal against suspending the initial four-year sentence and was told that he had 15 days to report to jail otherwise he would be arrested and detained immediately.[12]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Scott Harrison". BoxRec. Archived from the original on 16 March 2015. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  2. ^ Staff, Guardian (24 April 2009). "Boxing: Scott Harrison arrested in Spain over assault charges". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  3. ^ Monday; May 15; Am, 2006-08:49 (15 May 2006). "Boxer Scott Harrison arrested". Retrieved 19 October 2019.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ Boxer Harrison checks into Priory Archived 19 July 2006 at the Wayback Machine,, 17 May 2006.
  5. ^ "Harrison says he's fighting fit and ready for Arthur bout" Archived 17 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine, The Scotsman, 6 February 2008.
  6. ^ "Scott Harrison set to face Hungarian teenager in ring return". The Daily Record. 28 June 2012. Retrieved 30 June 2012.
  7. ^ "Scott Harrison eyes title after winning return to boxing". BBC Sport. 30 June 2012. Retrieved 30 June 2012.
  8. ^ "Boxer Harrison jailed for eight months". 2 September 2008. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
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  10. ^ Couzens, Gerard. "Spy cameras to be installed on secondary school buses". Daily Record. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  11. ^ Bryce, James (13 September 2011). "Boxer Scott Harrison released from Spanish jail". Retrieved 17 August 2016.
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