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Sprott: Ill Shock Skelton

11.04.07 - One punch king Michael Sprott reckons an electric shock before his fight against Audley Harrison helped him knockout the former Olympic boxing Champion. In February at the Wembley Arena, the Reading puncher landed a blockbuster left hand in the third round that sparked out Harrison to claim the Commonwealth boxing title. In the build up to the Harrison fight, Sprott received an electric shock from a faulty wall socket in a house that he was renovating that caused his left arm to violently spasm and since then his punching power has doubled..

Sprott now defends his title against big British rival Matt Skelton, the English Champion, at the ExCeL London on Saturday 26th May and believes his former conqueror (Skelton won the first fight with a twelfth round stoppage) will go down the same route as Harrison.

"The electric shock was worse than any punch that I have taken in my career and I've been in with some of the hardest hitter in the heavyweight division including Corrie Sanders," Said Sprott.

"I was working on a house that I was renovating and I was testing a wall socket when I got the shock and my left arm just went into a violent spasm and the muscles locked. Luckily, I had a mate with me and he used a wooden broom to push me away from the socket and when I had recovered after a few minutes we went to hospital to get it checked out,"

"Luckily I got the all clear but some people have been killed by less than 50 volts but I'm still here today to talk about it so it couldn't have been life threatening but it was pretty scary for a few moments; more scary than coming face-to-face with Harrison in the ring."

"I didn't train for the rest of the day but when I went to the gym the next day and started working on the pads with my trainer he just couldn't understand why I was punching so hard with my left hand,"

Veteran trainer Jim Evans, who has been involved in boxing for over 60 years, continued, "In all my time in boxing I have never seen anything like this,"

"Comparing the punching power of Michael in the gym the day before he had the electric shock to the day after and you would not believe the difference,"

"It was like taking Ernie Shavers, who is regarded as the hardest punching heavyweight in history, on the pads,"

"I had to stop the pad session after a round because Michael was just smashing my hands up and he could have broken them."

"It sounds like something out of a comic book but whatever happened to Michael I knew from that moment that he would knockout Harrison,"

"Michael's still punching just as hard and I believe Skelton is in for the shock of his life."

Sprott was dropped in the opening round against Harrison but he got up and once he worked out the range with his jab he then landed his perfect left hand and it was lights out for Harrison.

Sprott added, "That was the sweetest punch that I have landed in my career. I just saw Harrison's hand come down and let my left hand go and 'Boom' down he went,"

"I wouldn't recommend getting an electric shock as a training method but whatever it did the result showed!"

The winner of Sprott-Skelton could get a crack at giant WBA Heavyweight Champion Nicolay Valuev which is motivating Sprott to victory.

"There's a lot riding on this fight like getting revenge over Skelton but the chance of challenging for the world title is the big motivating factor. I know I've got to knock Skelton out to make that dream a reality."

The undercard features Kevin 'Mighty' Mitchell and younger brother 'Vicious' Vinny, the return of Graham Earl, Former European Featherweight Champion Nicky Cook, heavyweight Derek 'Del Boy' Chisora, former British Featherweight Champion Andy Morris, the highly anticipated professional debut of Swindon's 2006 Commonwealth Games Champion Jamie Cox plus Eddie Cocoran and Grant Skehill.

Matthew Marsh takes on Rocky Dean for the Vacant South Area Super-Bantamweight Championship and Thomas McDonagh and Martin Concepcion face each other in an Eliminator for the British Light-Middleweight boxing title.

Tickets for Revenge, priced at 40 50 75 100 150 & 200, are available from:

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Article posted on 11.04.2007



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