Boxing: Talk Is Cheap Blasts Abelyan

Talk Is Cheap Blasts Abelyan
By Chris Roberts, PA Sport

The Scotsman, UK, UK
May 19 2004

William Abelyan has hit back at WBO world featherweight champion Scott
Harrison and vowed to shut the Glaswegian’s mouth at the Braehead
Arena on June 19.

The Armenian started the war of words before the original fight date
but he has been riled by the Scot’s bold prediction that he is going
to dish out a hammering.

“Harrison’s got a big mouth and I’m going to shut if for him,” said
the WBO mandatory challenger from his training camp in Las Vegas.

“I’ve read what he’s been saying on the internet and he’s talking a
lot of garbage.

“He’s scared, that’s why he’s talking big, but I’ll be over there
for the fight soon and we’ll see if he talks just as big when he’s
face to face with me.”

The 25-year-old insists his training has not been disrupted despite
the second postponement of the fight following Harrison’s recent
wrist injury.

“I’m ready to fight Harrison right now,” he stated. “If my team said
to me ‘William we’re going to Scotland tomorrow to fight Harrison’
I would be straight on the plane.

“I have never been up for a fight more than this one.”

Originally from Yerevan in Armenia, Abelyan moved to America when he
was nine and now resides in California.

“It’s the world title and the fame I want not the money,” he added.

“After I win the title I will return to Armenia a hero. I have
never been back since I moved to America because I wanted to achieve
something spectacular before I returned.

“I will be the first world champion boxer to ever come out of the

“The boxing ring is my house and Harrison is not welcome.”