A Skelton in His Closet

By Robert Ecksel on October 22, 2012
A Skelton in His Closet
"I am aware he is 45, but he has won major championships and challenged for the title."


At least David Price keeps fighting.

Riding high after sending Audley Harrison into a long overdue retirement with a devastating first round KO, Price (14-0, 12 KOs) will make the second defense of his British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles against 45-year-old Matt Skelton (28-6, 23 KOs) at Aintree racecourse on Nov. 30.

Skelton is the former British, Commonwealth and European heavyweight champion. After losing five of seven fights between 2007 and 2010, he has won his last five, including a second round stoppage of 11-4 Jakov Gospic on the undercard of Price-Harrison.

“Matt was on stand-by in case Audley pulled out,” said Price. “He went through with his part of the deal so we’ll go through with ours.”

A deal is a deal and we’d never suggest welshing on an agreement.

“I am aware he is 45, but he has won major championships and challenged for the world title.”

Skelton did challenge for a world title. In 2008 he fought and lost a decision to then-WBA heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev, who had won the title seven months earlier by beating Nicolay Valuev.

“I have only boxed 14 times as a professional,” Price said, “and still learning and Matt will bring something new for me.”

Price is getting his feet wet, and he is, as he says, “still learning.”

The good thing is that he’s fighting, and fighting often.

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  2. Mike Casey 08:07am, 10/23/2012

    Sensible match. Price and his handlers need to progress at their own pace and not be hurried. People kept saying that Foreman was taking too long until he decimated Frazier. Just keep fighting and learning and don’t go for the jackpot until you’re ready.

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