Harrison began boxing in 1953 at the age of 14. He compiled an enviable won-lost record and may have won as many as 300 fights Harrison won his first amateur tournament in Cherryville, N.C. as a sub-novice in 1954. He acquired 29 amateur championships and was runner-up several times. Harrison had knockout power in both hands and was an outstanding ring general. He won the Carolinas Golden Gloves in Charlotte on four different occasions, once as a novice. He represented both states in the Eastern Golden Gloves championships for three consecutive years (1959-1961) fighting at Madison Square Garden. Harrison fought for the legendary boxing coach T.L. McManus in Mount Holly and was a leader on some of McManus’ better teams.
Harrison and his wife, the former Brenda A. Kelly, are the parents of five children.
He worked in retail for 18 years before being ordained as a minister. For health reasons, he is now retired after 26 years in the ministry but still delivers a sermon on occasion.