Sprott And Skelton Rescheduled For The 02

It's already a heavyweight card with a staggering seven titles on the line but the 02 Arena show on Saturday 14th July is now a real heavyweight show with the addition of big boys Matt Skelton and Michael Sprott. The pair were due to meet last month at the Excel but Sprott withdrew from the fight due to an injury and they will now clash on the mega show alongside WBO World title challenger Nicky Cook and Olympic Silver Medallist Amir Khan..

Skelton will put his Commonwealth title on the line against Sprott and is raring to go having had more time to prepare.

He said "I've been out of the ring for a while and I'm now desperate to get back into action. The delay has worked out better for me as I'm meaner, fitter and stronger than before and I feel like I could break down a brick wall with my punching power. Sprott will get himself into great shape as well and I'm looking forward to having a good tear up with him. Whatever happens this fight isn't going the distance."

Reading puncher Sprott, who KO'd former Olympic Champion Audley Harrison in his last fight, is out for revenge over Skelton who defeated him in a bruising scrap three years ago.

"I was ready to be let of the leash last time and was busting to get stuck into Skelton but picked up the injury which ruled me out. However, I'm now back and ready to rock Skelton's boots. When he beat me three years ago it was hard to swallow and I've been waiting for my chance for revenge. The fight delay has only made my hunger and desire stronger and I'm going to dish out some sweet long awaited revenge on the night." Said Sprott.

Cook headlines the London's Burning show when he challenges top American Steve Luevano for the Vacant WBO World Featherweight Championship. Chief support features boxing superstar Amir Khan challenging for Willie Limond's Commonwealth crown and his big rival Kevin Mitchell defending his IBF Intercontinental Super-Featherweight title and challenging for the Vacant WBO Intercontinental against tough Russian Alexander Hrulev. A great scrap between Commonwealth Light-Middleweight Champion Bradley Pryce and Anthony Small could be one of the fights of the night on the show and there is real battle of the 'little men' between Matthew Marsh and Rocky Dean for the Vacant Southern Area Super-Bantamweight Championship. Graham Earl, Steve Foster Jnr, Matthew Hall, Vinny Mitchell and the pro-debut of 2006 Commonwealth Games Champion Jamie Cox complete the card.

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Article posted on 18.06.2007

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