Battle of Jericho?

By Clarence George on July 2, 2014
Battle of Jericho?
Anthony Joshua will be taking on warhorse Matt Skelton at the Echo Arena on July 12.

“Matt is my toughest test in the pros,” says Joshua. True enough. After all, Skelton won several heavyweight titles, including the British Empire and EBU…

“Josue made war a long time against these kings.”—Josue 11:18

It hasn’t been a long time for this particular Josue, heavyweight Anthony Joshua. Winner of the Gold Medal at the 2012 London Olympics, the 24-year-old Brit turned pro last year. He’s had six fights, winning all by knockout. He’s never had to go past the second round, winning his most recent bout by stopping Matt Legg via first-round KO in May.

Nor can his opponents best be described as kings. He will, however, be taking on warhorse Matt Skelton over a scheduled eight rounds at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on July 12.

The 47-year-old Skelton, also a Brit, is a 12-year pro (28-8, 23 KOs) who hasn’t fought since March 2013, losing to John McDermott by unanimous decision. He last won in October 2012, stopping Jakov Gospic by second-round TKO. Four of his eight losses have come by way of stoppage, most recently at the hands of David Price, who won by second-round KO in November 2012.

“Matt is my toughest test in the pros, there’s no doubt about that,” says Joshua. True enough. After all, Skelton won several heavyweight titles, including the British Empire and EBU. But he’s nevertheless a poster boy for spent-force prizefighters. While I don’t see this as another one- or two-rounder for Joshua, I do indeed expect him to stop Skelton, and no later than the fourth or fifth.

“And the Lord was with Josue, and his name was noised throughout all the land.” (Josue 6:27) Perhaps. Time, as always, will tell.

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  1. Clarence George 09:18am, 07/02/2014

    Irish:  I think they’ll pick up the pace after this one.  He’ll win it, though if he goes into the fight cocky he could very well find himself coldcocked.  Unlikely, though—he’s not badly underestimating Skelton in seeing him as a stepping stone.  That’s what this fight is all about—a “name” win for Joshua and a paycheck for Skelton.  I understand where you’re coming from, but I myself don’t have a problem with it.  That said…let’s see where he goes from here.

  2. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 08:51am, 07/02/2014

    Clarence George-I say Lomachenko has put the lie to Olympic Gold Medalist’s like this hulk needing these horseshit set ups to get “seasoned”.  Just like Deontay Wilder….this guy is ripe and ready….in fact he should be KOing David Price in his next bout….stop screwing around over there in the UK….just stop it all together.

  3. Eric 08:10am, 07/02/2014

    Article makes me think of Bible verses fighters adorn themselves with, their on their robes, trunks or tattoos. After Holyfield made it big, seems like a lot of fighters wanted Phillipians 4:13 on their trunks or even on their body. I always favored the Bible verse that Ken Shamrock would sometimes have on his speedo gear, I know that is a bit hard to take, but the verse was a great one to take into battle. Hebrews 13:6 is an inspiring verse to remember when someone is intent on knocking your brains out.

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