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Audley Harrison: A high-profile career in 27 pictures

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British Olympic gold-medallist boxer Audley Harrison has finally called time on a tumultuous professional career at the age of 41 after 12 years.

'A-Force' will unfortunately be remembered mostly for his failed attempts to make an impact on the world heavyweight title scene which included brutal first round stoppages in the last seven months and the hands of both David Price and Deontay Wilder.

Harrison, however, was also a seminal amateur boxer for Great Britain and his super-heavyweight golds at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur and 2000 Olympics in Sydney came at a time when these isles were often a lot lower in the overall medal tables.

His success and the publicity it garnered, for better or worse, helped pave the way for the likes of Amir Khan and Anthony Ogogo - both of whom also fought on the same card as Harrison's last bout v Wilder - to build on their Olympic exposure and become mainstream names.

In tribute to the highs and the lows of one hell of a roller-coaster ride, we bring you Audley Harrison's career in pictures:

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Harrison poses with his gold medal in Australia as the journey begins.

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Audley's one and only world title shot came in an all-British clash with David Haye, but Harrison was stopped in three.

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Harrison would fight Stateside nine times as a pro, including here in glamorous Las Vegas against Jason Barnett.

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Harrison stopped Barnett in five in a career highlight at the Thomas and Mack Center.

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Harrison breaks Rob Calloway's jaw with this choice shot from 2003.

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Harrison in dominant form in Malaysia at the 1998 Commonwealth Games.

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At Mandalay Bay in Vegas, Harrison stopped Lisandro Ezequiel Diaz in four to go 13-0 as a pro.

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Taking on Ratko Draskovic at Wembley's Conference Centre.

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Dropping Mathew Ellis at York Hall.

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'The Hayemaker' would prove too much in Audley's big opportunity.

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The two British heavyweights collide.

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Harrison earns his first professional belt, the World Boxing Foundation Heavyweight Title, against Richel Hersisia.

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'A-Force' makes his grand entrance for his pro debut amid much publicity.

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Audley would make short work of American Mike Middleton...

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...and in this 2:45 stoppage, Harrison was at least on the right end of a quick one-sided fight.

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Harrison outpoints Dominic Negus.

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More honours: Posing with his OBE award.

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This would be Harrison's last pro victory, as he became the first-ever two-time Prizefighter winner in February.

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Another early win ends with the referee calling a halt.

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By the time he fought David Price, Harrison's stock was falling fast.

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Shawn Robinson falls in Atlantic City.

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Harrison gains revenge on defeat to Michael Sprott at Alexandra Palace.

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Mingling with the politicians: Harrison meets then-Prime Minister Tony Blair.

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Like Sprott, Danny Williams got one over on Harrison...

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...but again, Audley won the return fight.

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The end: Harrison becomes just another statistic to Deontay Wilder.

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