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Fitness could have been an issue or it may be a case of flattering to deceive, but he should be given the benefit of the doubt.
After nine years of flattering to deceive in the professional ranks, 38-year-old Harrison has vowed to seize his chance against the London-based fighter, who beat Paolo Vidoz to win the title in December.
After a year of flattering to deceive, Bohs finally looked like a top-five side with their best display of the year.