This Saturday, heavyweight Maurice Harris (25-15-2, 11 KOs) takes on Edmund Gerber (19-0, 13 KOs) in Germany. Harris turned pro in 1992 at the age of 16 and has been in the ring with just about every top heavyweight of his time, either in an actual fight or in sparring. Despite a modest record, Harris has a reputation as a very skillful heavyweight and he holds upset victories over David Izon and Sergei Liakovich. Harris’s last fight was a twelfth round TKO victory over Derric Rossy. Now promoted by Boxing 360, Harris continues to pursue his dream of becoming heavyweight champion. In this interview, Harris discusses his recent fights with Tony Thompson and Derric Rossy, his upcoming fight with Edmund Gerber, plus the Klitschko brothers and his own 2001 fight with Chris Byrd.
DL: Before I ever saw you fight, I heard about you. What I was told is that you are one of the most skilled heavyweights of recent times. What is your assessment of your career thus far and what do you want to accomplish while you’re still in this game?
MH: I started young (as a pro). I didn’t go up through the amateur ranks, I started young. I learned on the job. I watched Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson and Roy Jones and I picked up a lot of my skills by watching them. Nothing has changed for me. My goal is still the same and that’s to become the heavyweight champion of the world. Whatever God has planned for me, that’s what it will be. But I’ve never stopped trying.