- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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Former junior welterweight titlist Vivian Harris, who is way past his best days, is unfortunately still fighting.
He was scheduled to face British prospect Bradley Skeete (14-0, 4 KOs) on Saturday in London on the undercard of the heavyweight doubleheader featuring Dereck Chisora-Kevin Johnson and Tyson Fury-Joey Abell.
But on Wednesday, the 35-year-old Harris (31-9-2, 19 KOs) was dumped from the card by British authorities after failing his pre-fight medical exam. Harris was quickly replaced by Christopher Sebire (22-7, 8 KOs) of France.
The details of the specific test Harris failed were not disclosed. Harris, however, has looked very bad in recent fights. Officially, he has won two in a row but his decision against Danny O’Connor in October was extremely controversial. Many believe O’Connor not only deserved the decision, but that he had won easily. Harris' other victory came against a fighter with a record well-below .500. Before those two wins, Harris -- knocked out in seven of his losses -- was in an 0-6-1 (with a no decision) freefall. He had been knocked out in five of the losses and injured by a severe head butt in the no decision.
The fact that Harris was finally kept from fighting for his own good by medical officials is probably for the best. He should have been done fighting a few years ago. He hasn't had a win of any consequence since a decision against Juan Lazcano in 2007.